MDC Hosts Free Classes and Exhibits in the Ancient Art of Bonsai July 23 in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO- Nature in miniature will be on display when the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hosts a free class and exhibits on the Ancient Bonsai Art on Saturday, July 23 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. This program is conducted in partnership with the Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City. The Bonsai Society will present its 2022 summer exhibition from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the day’s activities.

A course on the creation and maintenance of bonsai and shrubs will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon. Members of the Bonsai Society will discuss methods of creating miniature trees and shrubs. They will talk about some of the native and non-native species they use as subjects and how to care for them. Examples of their bonsai trees will be available for study. This course is for participants aged 18 and over. COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to. Registration is mandatory. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4SY.

The translation bonsai simply means planted pot or tray. Bonsai is one of the oldest forms of “living” art, as trees and plants are grown in containers, artistically designed but emphasizing their natural habitat qualities. Any plant that will produce a woody stem can be used, including native plants and local nurseries.

Bonsai Society members will also be available for questions about plants, tools, pot choices and designs during the summer exhibit in the Lewis and Clark Room. This formal display will include over 25 plants from under eight inches to those over 24 inches tall. Visitors can see the potted plants in specialized ceramic vessels with vibrant designs. Deciduous and evergreen plants from different growing environments will be on display, including plants native to Missouri and the Rocky Mountains. The summer exhibition is free, without age requirement and without registration.

For more information about the Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., call 816-759-7300 or visit https://mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter.

Dora W. Clawson