Windswept trees, mountain ranges, forest glades, and tidal pools come in itty-bitty packages this weekend at the Fall Bonsai and Suiseki Show. Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society, masters of the art display their works at the Denver Botanic Gardens tomorrow and Sunday, October 10 and 11.
Between 50 and 80 of the diminutive trees will be showcased along with Suiseki(pronounced swee-seckee), artful stones that evoke images of mountain peaks, glaciers, caves, and other natural formations. Demonstrations are planned for both days at 1 and 3 p.m., or bring in a tree you would like to work on for a personalized lesson in this ancient art.
“But whatever you bring in should be something you can carry, no forklift-sized trees, please,” says Will Kerns, co-Chairman of the show, “otherwise you can bring in just about anything and we’ll figure out something to teach you to do with it.”
If you don’t already have a small tree or shrub you’re working on for bonsai, Kerns suggests shopping at a local nursery for a starter plant. Look for those in one-gallon pots, and “go for something with a good sized trunk and small foliage. Almost anything will work: spruce, maples, elms, cotoneaster, burning bush – there are lots of them you can use.”
Society members will be available all day each day to show you techniques for shaping, trimming, repotting or training your bonsai. Though most have a few supplies for your lesson, bring a pair of small garden shears for working with your tree. If you don’t have time to shop, Colorado Bonsai Limited will be on hand, selling bonsai as either starter trees or finished ones.
Planning to go?
Where: the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver
When: October 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October 11, 9am to 3pm.
Admission: Entrance to this event is included with admission to the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Information: Contact Will Kerns at 303-478-6135 or email@example.com