Botanical Connections is a $1 million project that will connect the Botanical Conservatory, The Embassy, the Grand Wayne Center, the Tin Caps complex and parking structures. A new garden will be created behind the Conservatory between the Conservatory and The Embassy as part of the project. A new, steel, 25-foot sculpture called Wild Vine will arch across the entrance—from the electronic message board to the lobby entrance. Wild Vine will symbolize the power of plant life and will serve as a focal and meeting point downtown. We hope to have the project completed within two years, but that depends upon fundraising.
Discover Bonsai at the Conservatory!
See Bonsai plants for sale in the gift shop ~ these Bonsai are carefully crafted by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club for sale at the Conservatory. You also may learn more about Bonsai at the club’s annual spring and fall shows at the Conservatory.
Fall Bonsai Display
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Explore a forest of miniature trees carefully trained and pruned by members of our local bonsai club. Elms, maples, junipers and other familiar plants look just like their outdoor cousins – but a fraction of their size! The club also grows tropical bonsai that don’t need special winter treatment. Learn about the fascinating hobby or just enjoy “a stroll in the miniature forest.” Bonsai pots and young plants will be available to purchase. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Enjoy a special discount on admission for the gardens and bonsai show, only $3/adult, $2/child. Children age 2 and under free.
Bonsai ~ The Art and Science of Illusion
Bonsai pronounced bonsai (bone-sigh), is the technique of creating an illusion; using cultivation practices like pruning, wiring, root reduction, defoliation (removing all of the leaves), potting and perhaps grafting. The illusion being attempted is that of a large, natural looking tree that has been captured and planted in a small container. (A tree (bon) in a tray/pot (sai)) It can be grown from seeds, plant cuttings, purchased in a nursery pot, or collected from the yard, hillside or field.
Bonsai is both a science (horticulture) and an art (sculpting). Perhaps that is why it appeals to so many people. Whether they become interested because of the mystique of a tree, or they want to challenge themselves with a new form of growing things, the bonsai tree tends to draw people in.
Thanks to the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club for the information they shared on Bonsai.
The Joy of Bonsai: