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41st Annual Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show
Bonsai, American Style
Sat. & Sun., Aug. 24 & 25, 10 am–4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Pictured: Larix laricina
Pictured: Larix laricina; American larch
or tamarack. Photograph by Carlos Diaz

Share the tradition of the practice and art of bonsai at the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society annual show at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Now in its fifth decade, the show offers visitors an exhibition of skillfully cultivated and refined trees.

Bonsai and penjing enjoy a rich history and tradition in Chinese and Japanese cultures and their popularity continues to grow around the world.

Demonstrating the truly international scope of bonsai today, this year’s show offers a display of bonsai created from native North American trees, along with trees using traditional or exotic plants.

While you’re at the show don’t miss the new Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei. This outdoor garden showcases dozens of trees in a peaceful setting that emphasizes the meditative nature of the ancient practice and art of bonsai.

  • Program:
  • Over 100 trees on display
  • Bonsai demonstrations in the Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei (indoors in case of inclement weather)
  • Vendors with bonsai supplies for sale (Basically Bonsai; Ken’s World of Bonsai; Lary Howard - bonsai pots; The Flower Market)
  • Expert advice
  • People’s Choice awards

Admission: $3 adults; under 12 free.
Sat. & Sun., Aug. 24 & 25, 10 am–4:30 pm, Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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