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Bonsai Fest!

May 11 @ 10:00 am - May 12 @ 4:00 pm


Join us on World Bonsai Day / Mother’s Day weekend (May 11-12, 2019) at our 2nd Annual Bonsai Fest!

May is a spectacular month to visit the Museum. It’s typically ‘peak-bloom’ time for azaleas and other flowering bonsai in our collection. And so we celebrate all the splendor of spring, World Bonsai Day, moms everywhere, and our wonderful community at a weekend-long event we call Bonsai Fest!

This year, Bonsai Fest! is full of fun stuff, offering something for everyone. Here’s what’s planned:

Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PBSA) Annual Spring Show
In the Pavilion (all weekend)
PSBA club members display dozens of their best bonsai and vie for Best in Show. Club members’ will demonstrate how they make bonsai and will answer general questions about their artworks and practices.

Opening Day of ‘Living Art of Bonsai: Principles of Design’ Exhibit
In the main display area (exhibit runs through September 29)

This exhibit picks up where our 2018 exhibit, Elements of Design, left off. One-by-one, the exhibit breaks-down design elements and principles used by bonsai artists to make extraordinary works of art. A curated subset of the Museum’s collection demonstrates each design element and principle and shows how these are found in trees and in other works of art. As visitors explore the exhibit, they will gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of bonsai and unlock the keys to designing stunning works of living art.

Opening Day of ‘Gnarly: The Dan Robinson Retrospective’ Exhibit
In the Pinwheel display area (exhibit runs through September 29)

‘Gnarly’ honors a lifetime of work by local, international legend Dan Robinson, proprietor of Elandan Gardens, Gorst, WA. As Robinson turns 80-years-old, Pacific Bonsai Museum looks back on his still-flourishing career as an American bonsai renegade who pioneered unorthodox techniques and champions the gnarly, twisted forms of aged trees in nature. From his days with the ‘Bonsai Bums’–who helped establish the Pacific Northwest bonsai scene–to the groundbreaking of his unique local attraction, Elandan Gardens, see a slice of Robinson’s world displayed in installations of bonsai, rock, and wood representing each decade of his career.

Gifts for Mom: KusaMama Kits (on sale all weekend, with demonstrations on 5/12 (Mother’s Day)
Make a ‘KusaMama’–Kusamono for moms. Kusamono (translated as ‘grass thing’) are small, informal, potted compositions displayed alone or as an accent planting in bonsai presentations. DYI-KusaMama-kits will be on sale and plant experts will demonstrate how to make these beautiful gifts.

Chill out in our Beer & Wine Garden, 21+ only (Saturday, May 11)
Other Special beverages for sale all weekend long

Order a Parisian Picnic Box for you and mom (pick up Sunday, May 12, Mother’s Day)
From Ma Boulangerie Bakery. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Details coming soon…

Pizza Truck / Ice Cream Truck (Saturday, May 11 / 11am to 4pm)
Sirius Wood Fired Pizza’s truck will be serving something for everyone. Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free options available.
Bliss Small Batch Creamery will be scooping their delicious locally-made ice cream from their ice cream bicycle!

Pop-Up Shopping
Books and gifts for nature-and plant-lovers.


May 11 @ 10:00 am
May 12 @ 4:00 pm


Pacific Bonsai Museum
2515 S 336th Street
Federal Way, WA 98001 United States
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