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May 12 @ 10:00 am - May 13 @ 4:00 pmFree
A two-day celebration over World Bonsai Day- / Mother’s Day-weekend
Bonsai Fest! features the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA) annual spring show. View the club members’ bonsai, ask questions, watch bonsai-making demonstrations, and cast your vote for ‘best in show.’ See Tony Fajarillo–silver medal winning ‘Pot Party’ bonsai garden creator from the 2018 Northwest Flower and Garden Show–demonstrate the art of bonsai at 1:00 pm, May 12. Frank Heidt–longtime friend and student of Dan Robinson of Elandan Gardens–will do a bonsai demonstration at 1:00 pm May 13.
Visit our pop-up shop to buy your own bonsai, bonsai pots, bonsai books, and other gift items. You can also enter a free drawing to win a bonsai tree.
Create a gift for Mom! An art station will be available to kids and adults who want to get creative and make cards for mom. On Mother’s Day–Sunday May 13– local poet Alexandria Manalo will be on-site from 11am to 2pm to writing complimentary, personalized poems for moms and other loved ones. Visitors can also pose at a bonsai selfie-station to take a photo with mom or snap a pic to share with her.
While you’re here, see ‘Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design,’ our 2018 special exhibit that compares bonsai with other works of art and reveals the secrets of good bonsai design, breaking-down how exactly bonsai artists make tiny trees appear big, old, and interesting. Free, docent-led tours of the exhibit begin at 12 noon and 2:00 pm, both days. (Advance registration is not required.)
Main Street Gyro food truck will be onsite Saturday, May 12 and Chebogz food truck will be here Sunday, May 13.
Admission is free; $5 suggested donation for those who are able to support the Museum.