P&B BONSAI COLLECTION

 

Petar Vrgoc, a young forestry engineer, arrived on the island of Krk in 1989. Inquisitive and creative, he quickly became acquainted with the island's characteristics, particularly the nature, forest and trees. During his scientific work he gained his M. Sc. in landscaping with the thesis on bonsai from Mediterranean trees. Later his Ph. D. thesis considered genetics and breeding of Mediterranean pines for ornamental purposes. His gardening and forestry work was anticipated, professionally, enterprisingly, and recognized on the island of Krk.

Artistic expression is a specialty of Petar's character, the quiet work of a world traveler and discerning connoisseur of the Krk landscape. The island of Krk is situated in a climate zone of forests of pubescent oak (Quercus pubescens) and oriental hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis). In the areas with two freshwater lakes, it is possible to find pedunculate oak (Q. robur), and in areas more exposed to the sun marked Mediterranean floral elements, evergreen oak (Q. Ilex) and tree heath (Erica arborea). The geological profile of one part of the island of Krk is shallow red soil (terra rossa) with scattered limestone, and in another part light clayey sediment (terra bianca). It is just in this area that Petar discovered, planned and plants his trees, created by nature or in his plantation. Petar forms, photographs, studies and gives the plants new spirit, new expression, slowly and convincingly, tenderly and powerfully, creating bonsai.

Blazenka, B. Sc. in forestry, and her husband Petar purchased the land for the bonsai collection in 2002. The name P&B Bonsai Collection originated from initials of their names. The basic garden for the collection has been arranged within surrounding walls, with an office and porch, and consists of 412 m2. Part of the walls of the area in which the collection is situated and which comprises a background of exhibited bonsai are painted with red, and part with light earth dug up in the vicinity. The base of the garden consists of Krk light gravel from the local stone quarry. Grey stone included in the garden was preserved from a dry stonewall with which the previous owners had marked the boundary of the land. The hedges that surround the garden are from the cultivar of Leiland's cypress (Cupressociparis leilandii 'Pyramidalis') and the green between the wooden fences are of the cultivar of Australian laurel (Pittosporum tobira 'Nana').

Most of the bonsai specimens were grown from pine cultivars, Pinus halepensis 'Lucija' and Pinus nigra 'Lara', which Petar as the plant breeder created for the growing of miniatures. The oldest specimens of his cultivars, shaped as bonsai trees, make the P&B Bonsai Collection unique. The powerful experience of the collection evokes an unforgettable memory, the joy of discovery and spiritual enrichment.

During the loneliness of the Krk winter days and during the busy summer months of the island of Krk as a tourist destination, the bonsai collection is a delightful place for a brief rest, for surprise, for new knowledge and creative heights.

M. Sc. Dobrila Kraljic, Landscape Architect, Malinska, Croatia

 


 

CULTIVARS LUCIA & LARA

There are more than 20.000 cultivars of ornamental plants, possessing genetically controlled ornamental characteristics.

In Japan several cultivars or separate plants with original characteristics have been developed for bonsai growth.

Cultivars of Aleppo pine Pinus halepensis 'Lucija' and black pine P. nigra 'Lara' were protected as intellectual property rights of The P&B Bonsai Collection up to the year 2037 and for the territory of the European Union.

The cultivars feature genetically controlled characteristics of short needles and shoots as well as unique colour and texture of crown and bark. They are created for growth in small gardens, pots or bonsai.

Pinus halepensis 'Lucia'

From hybrid seed germinated in 1997. Hybrid seed produced by P&B Bonsai Collection, height 75 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Pinus halepensis 'Lucia'

The tree on left hand side from hybrid seed germinated in 1997and the tree on right hand side from cuttings rooted in 2000. Hybrid seed and cuttings produced by P&B Bonsai Collection, height 75 cm.    

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Pinus halepensis 'Lucia'

Propagated by means of grafting on to Aleppo pine (P. halepensis) rootstock, 1997, in the nursery of P&B Bonsai Collection, height 75 cm.    

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Pinus nigra 'Lara'

Propagated by means of grafting on to Black pine (P. nigra) rootstock, 1997, in the nursery of P&B Bonsai Collection, height 57 cm

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Pinus nigra 'Lara'

From hybrid seed germinated in 1997. Hybrid seed produced by P&B Bonsai Collection, height 50 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Pinus Nigra 'Lara'

From hybrid seed germinated in 1997. Hybrid seed produced by P&B Bonsai Collection, height 65 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Carpinus orientalis Mill.

Height 50 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Carpinus orientalis Mill.

Height 65 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Carpinus orientalis Mill.

Height 25 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Acer palmatum Thumb.

Begining of spring.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Acer palmatum Thumb.

From cuttings rooted 1993, mounted on Island Krk rock 1995, since than grown in P&B Bonsai collection, height 100 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Acer palmatum Thumb.

From cuttings rooted 1993, mounted on Island Krk rock 1995, since than grown in P&B Bonsai collection, height 100 cm.

Author: Petar Vrgoc, Malinska, Croatia

Picea glauca 'Conica'

From cuttings rooted 1976. The tree was growing up in P&B Bonsai Collection since 1990.

Author: Krunoslav Vrgoc (1934-2011†)