Presented by the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai
A local club devoted to promoting and teaching bonsai as an art form, the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai will have on display beautifully exhibited trees that are the product of many years of horticultural development and artistic creativity. Actually a living sculpture, bonsai is an art form that dates back at least 3,000 years.
Highlights of this annual show will be demonstrations by Bonsai Master Mike Pistello (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and Sensei Katsumi Kinoshita (Sunday at 2 p.m.). They will demonstrate the techniques of creating an artistic tree from common nursery stock. The newly created bonsai trees will be offered in a raffle drawing along with other bonsai trees and items donated by club members. These trees have been cared for, designed, wired, and potted in bonsai pots so that the winners of the trees can begin enjoying this art form immediately.
Also available at the show will be sales of bonsai and pre-bonsai trees. Sales areas will offer new trees each day. Door prizes, as well as complementary tea, and cookies are also offered at the show.
Entrance fee to the 28th Annual Bonsai Show and the Museum is $5.
Regular meetings of the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai are held at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz. Visitors are always welcome.