The Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society announces its 42nd Annual Exhibit of bonsai trees; the trees will be on display at Boerner Botanical Garden’s Education and Visitor Center, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County’s Whitnall Park. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 14, 2012, from 6-9PM. The Exhibit will run through Sunday, September 16, 2012. This event is free and open to the public.
Bonsai apprentice Peter Tea, currently studying in Nagoya, Japan, will be the honored guest and will lead those present through a critique of the Exhibit trees at the Friday evening opening reception. Tea, originally from San Jose, California, is the owner of Peter Tea Bonsai. He is in his second of five years as an apprentice to Mr. Junichiro Tanaka, at Aichi-en Bonsai Nursery. Tea will judge the exhibit and award ribbons as well as lead workshops, lecture and demonstrate bonsai techniques.
Bonsai are living trees displayed in a hand crafted ceramic pot, on a small table or stand, along with a small companion piece, composed to convey a sentiment of beauty - a feeling the Chinese and Japanese believed to be universally inherent in all of nature. Each artist has developed their tree to one of many traditional styles; designed so that the tree will impart a sense or feeling of age.
Founded in 1969, The Milwaukee Bonsai Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the knowledge and appreciation of Bonsai. The word bonsai, pronounced “bone-sigh”, is derived from two Japanese characters, bon and sai. “Bon” translates to pot, and “sai” to tree, shrub or planting. One does not need to be an expert to appreciate the art of bonsai. Anyone who has an interest in nature, horticulture, the arts or sculpture will find this Exhibit both fascinating and enjoyable. Members of the bonsai club will be available to answer questions about the art of bonsai, and how one might become involved with the art.
• Hours: Friday, Sept. 14, 6PM-9PM; Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-5PM
• Opening reception will include cash bar by Bartolotta Restaurant Group
• Vendors will be present selling bonsai related materials
• Bonsai workshops and lecture will take place during the Exhibit on Saturday and Sunday. The public is welcome to attend as a “silent observer” for a small fee.
• Milwaukee Bonsai Society has displayed their trees at the request of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group’s Care-A-Lotta’s Japan Fundraiser to benefit the victims of the 2010 tsunami that effected Japan, The Mitchell Park Horticultural Domes, and Folk Fair
• The Milwaukee Bonsai Society will be featured on WTMJ’s “The Morning Blend”
• The Bonsai Society is a part of Wisconsin State Fair’s horticulture exhibit.
For additional information please visit http://www.milwaukeebonsai.org/42ae