Photo by Roger Werner

Fukien tea bonsai.

Bonsai Exhibit

By Roger Werner

The annual bonsai exhibit is the first week in May in the Master the Possibilities living room. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 3. The Marion Bonsai Society is a partner. Approximately 30 bonsai trees will be displayed.

The Japanese word bonsai means “small tree in a container.” The art of bonsai started in China as “penjing” over 2,000 years ago before spreading to Japan and finally the rest of the world.

Two classes are available at $2 per member or $7 per non-member. The first class is “Basics of the Living Art of Bonsai” by Peter Wood. This class (HOB115) is from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, and covers the basic artistic and horticultural principles of bonsai.

The second class (HOB116) is “The Living Art of Bonsai – Demonstration” by artist David Van Buskirk. This class is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, and is a demonstration of the creation of a bonsai tree from nursery stock material.

Class registration is required. Visit, stop by the office 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, or call the 24-hour registration line at (352) 861-3699.