Would you like to have a Japanese Garden in miniature? There is an upcoming two part educational program on February 25, 2012 at the JC Raulston Arboretum, devoted to the art and science of Bonsai. The program is co-sponsored by the Arboretum and the Triangle Bonsai Society. In the morning, there will be a lecture and presentation on the basics of Bonsai. This will be followed in the afternoon by a hands-on workshop. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to create their own Bonsai.
The term Bonsai is Japanese for “tray arrangement.” A plant, generally a type of juniper or evergreen, is planted in a shallow ornamental bowl or container, then meticulously trimmed to from a miniature tree. Other types of plants which are suitable for Bonsai are rosemary, azalea, and some types of pines. This art is to believed to have begun in ancient China. Sometime around the 12th century, it was brought to Japan by Buddhist Monks, who refined Bonsai into the art we know today.
The cost of registration for the lecture/presentation is $10.00 for Friends of the Arboretum and Triangle Bonsai Society, $20.00 for non-members. The workshop is $70.00 for members and $90.00 for non-members. Materials are covered in the cost of the workshop, including plant and ceramic container. For more information and registration, contact Chris Glen (919) 513-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions to the JC Raulston Arboretum and additional information, please visit: http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/visit/visitor_information/directions.html