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Miniature Trees: An Introduction to the Ancient Art of Bonsai

October 7, 2023 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm


Kathy Schlesinger

“Miniature Trees”: An introduction to the Ancient Art of Bonsai. The translation of Bonsai simply means “planted in a shallow tray”. However, Bonsai is one of the oldest forms of ‘living’ art as trees and plants are grown in containers, artistically designed, in the Japanese style.

This presentation will provide a general overview of the many aspects in practicing this art form including Chinese and Japanese origins, philosophy, and description of design styles, tools, general horticulture procedures, pot selection and the design process. We will also “look at” some of the trees gifted to the US, by Japan during our 200th birthday celebration, in the National Arboretum.

To wrap up we will review the various styles discussed using slides featuring examples of the many different plants used in this unique art, here and around the world. There will be time for questions and answers.

Kathy Schlesinger is a biologist and research scientist who was first introduced to Bonsai in 1976 before moving to the KC area from the East coast. She has been practicing and studying this art with teachers from across the globe, for over 30 years. Bonsai has become a lifelong passion of study and she enjoys sharing the beauty and joy of this Japanese art. She is also a current Board member and officer of the Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City.


October 7, 2023
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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