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.
Spring Bonsai Show
& Discount Day
Saturday, May 20, 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. Learn about the fascinating hobby or just enjoy “a stroll in the forest.” Bonsai pots and young plants will be available to purchase. All guests visiting this day will get a special discount for admission to the Bonsai Show and Conservatory gardens: $3/adult, $2/child, Free for ages 2 and under. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club.
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:
- transforming the usual into the unusual
- learning from nature and developing a philosophy of life
- learning patience
- watching a dream or vision come into being
- watching your tree grow and take shape
- learning the needs of each of the different species of tree
- keeping your own tree alive and thriving from year to year
For additional information on Bonsai, check out the following: