Project GREEN to offer presentation on the art of bonsai gardening

Bonsai Tree
Bonsai trees are contained in pots and pruned to affect their size and shape. The trees can live for hundreds of years. — photo by Chris Guise via Flickr Creative Commons

Though the air is cold and the trees aren’t green, connect with nature by joining Project GREEN to learn about the Art of Bonsai Gardening this Sunday, Jan. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library (Meeting Room A).

John Clemens, member of the Eastern Iowa Bonsai Association, will give a one-hour presentation followed by refreshments and discussion on the age-old Japanese art form of Bonsai Gardening, where gardeners grow small trees in trays and grapple with ideas of harmony and nature. This event is free and open to the public and just one part of the Sunday Winter Forum series co-sponsored by Project GREEN and the Iowa City Public Library.

Cindy Parsons, Project GREEN co-president, says that those familiar with bonsai or just trying to escape the frigid Iowa winter, will find something new to learn at Clemens’ presentation.

“It is not designed for an expert,” said Parsons. Rather, the event is in line with Project GREEN’s greater goal “to encourage people of Johnson County to beautify their own little areas of the world.”

The Art of Bonsai Gardening is part of Project GREEN’s Sunday Garden Forums. The next installments of this series will be held on Feb. 8 with David Morton, head gardener at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids and, March 8 with Richard Jauron, Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. Additionally, each of the presentations will be videotaped and available for checkout at the Iowa City Public Library.

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