The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Bonsai & Penjing Garden Opening

Bonsai at Matthaei

Sunday, May 19, 2 - 5 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Join us for an afternoon of traditional Japanese music, refreshments, and beautiful bonsai as we celebrate the opening of our new Bonsai and Penjing Garden—the first bonsai garden at the University of Michigan.

The garden demonstrates the truly international scope of bonsai today. Combining our mission of using native materials with an ancient art form that often focuses on materials from Asia, our current collection of more than 70 trees represents traditional Japanese and Chinese styles along with American and European influences. With its beautifully hand-crafted display stands and generous spaces the garden will allow us to display much more of our collection than previously possible. And a central pavilion with studio space offers an exceptional educational opportunity for visitors to view and interact with bonsai artists.

  • Program:

2 pm:
Traditional Japanese koto music performance by Miyabi, encore at 3 pm

2:15 pm:
Welcome remarks by Robert Grese, Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Key speaker: Jack Wikle, Ann Arbor Bonsai Society's longest standing member.

2:30 pm:
Ribbon-cutting and public opening of the Bonsai and Penjing Garden.

All invited; RSVP recommended. Dress for the weather, rain or shine Refreshments served.

The garden is located behind the Conservatory with an entrance from the perennial garden.


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