The public is invited to an educational event to inspire interest and appreciation in the art and culture of bonsai.
For most Westerners, the art of the bonsai tree is a mystery. For members of the Bonsai Society of Portland, bonsai is a living art worth sharing. On October 18th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., we will present an exhibit, demonstration, and marketplace at the Milwaukie Center educate people about the aesthetics and techniques of this ancient but evolving art form.
Members will offer an extensive exhibit of bonsai representing a wide range of plant varieties and styles. Unlike our annual bonsai show hosted at the Japanese Garden in the spring, this show will focus more on creativity than traditional display. It will be a fun event for anyone interested in downsized horticulture and design.
Beginners are encouraged to attend. Live demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. Visitors can learn the basics of bonsai or more advanced techniques. Bonsai Society members will be available to answer questions, talk about their trees, share opinions and recommendations.
Marketplace items will include mature bonsai, early stage trees and everything in between. Prices will reflect tree quality from inexpensive starters to show-quality trees. Pots, tools, books and related items will also be available. Several trees will be auctioned at noon and 4pm. Door prizes will also be awarded.
Bonsai attracts an interesting mix of individuals. The group’s members come from a radius of 80+ miles to share knowledge and opinions on design, horticulture, techniques and more. Membership includes students to physicists, potters to arborists, and writers to chefs. Their backgrounds are as varied as the bonsai they create. Portland’s favorable climate also supports diversity in tree types.
Since bonsai often outlive their owners, the group’s educational mission is essential. President, Chas Martin, expresses the group’s educational role in generational terms. “We continuously attract and educate newcomers so the trees we care for today can be passed on to capable future owners.”
Vice President Al Polito says “Bonsai is a way to express our love for trees. It brings the energy of nature and the seasons into our lives. It allows us to engage in a daily dialog with the trees themselves.”
The Bonsai Society of Portland is a 501-c-3 nonprofit. The group includes a wide spectrum of participants from true beginners to national award winners.
The October event is open to the public: $2 per adult or $5 per family. All ages will find activities to learn the basics of design and care. A special children’s area will provide hands-on experience.
The Milwaukie Center is located at 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie with ample free parking.