BonsaiFEST!

Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of bonsai culture. Join us for our family-friendly BonsaiFEST! featuring hundreds of living works of art, three bonsai exhibitions, bonsai-making demonstrations, guided tours, games, food trucks, shopping, and more, all with free admission.

SEE:
-Azalea, wisteria, and other lovely flowering bonsai likely at ‘peak-bloom’

Opening weekend! Debut of Small Talk: All the dirt on growing mini-but-mighty trees, Pacific Bonsai Museum’s 2024-25 special exhibition, bringing textbooks to life with 41 living bonsai trees. Through anime-inspired illustrations, emojis, and text-like exchanges, the exhibition bridges the gap between textbook STEM education and real-world fun. From “Thirst Alerts” to “Sunlight Status Updates,” Small Talk answers common, botanically-oriented questions about bonsai in the format of a chat. Visitors can also try their hand at bonsai wiring and sift through the bonsai’s special soil at interactive stations.

Opening Weekend! Skating the Edge: Exhibitions from Pacific Bonsai Museum’s First Ten Years. A retrospective journey celebrating ten years of innovative exhibitions that have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Featuring works from Decked Out: From Scroll to Skateboard (2016), Natives (2017), World War Bonsai: Remembrance & resilience (2020), and Avant-garden (2023).

-The Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA) Spring Show Aisles of diverse bonsai created by PSBA members. Also returning this year is PSBA’s remarkable mame (“ma-may”) exhibition — a collection of the tiniest bonsai around.

WATCH, LEARN, SHARE:
-Live bonsai-making demonstrations — see how the bonsai are created and talk to bonsai artists who reveal the secrets behind their craft. Demos happen Saturday, May 11 at 10–11:30am; 12noon–1:30pm, and 2–3:30pm; and Sunday, May 12 at 10–11:30am and 12noon–1:30pm.

-Docent-led tours of the collection — ask questions and share insights; Tours start at 12 pm and 1 pm and last approximately 45 minutes, both days; Meet at the Conservatory. No prior sign-up is required.

SHOP, EAT, PLAY:
-Shop for bonsai, pots, and more from Robert Cho’s Asia Pacific Gardening. Shop for hats, books, stickers, and gifts from Pacific Bonsai Museum’s pop-up shop, plus (new this year) Portulacaria pre-bonsai material grown from cuttings of the Museum’s famous tropical bonsai.

-Enjoy tantalizing treats from Whateke Mexican Food Truck and Village Perk Coffee.

Games and Art Station, with free bonsai coloring sheets and bonsai learning activities, where kids came unleash their creativity.

-Book signing and bespoke poetry writing by local poet Alexandria Manalo, author of Butterfly Army Unite: A poetic presence poetry book.

PARKING:
-Free parking is available across from the Museum at the Garden Parking Lot; wheelchair-accessible parking and passenger drop-off/pick-up is available at the Museum entrance.

COST:
-Admission is free. There is a $12 suggested donation for those who can support the Museum.

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Date

May 11 - 12 2024

Time

10:00 am - 4:00 pm