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Bonsai on Display at Indy’s White River Gardens

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Bonsai Show, White River Gardens, Indianapolis, IndianaBonsai is the ancient study of transforming trees into living artworks. This fall, visitors can appreciate their intricate beauty up close with the botanical exhibit, Bonsai, in the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens in the Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Open now through November 30, 2020, the show includes more than two dozen creations by members of the Indianapolis Bonsai Club. This limited-time exhibit features 15 different tree species and several award-winning bonsai plants, including a Brazilian rain tree, Ficus, and black olive.

Prized for their delicate details and forms that sometimes seem to defy gravity, bonsai are not a specific type of tree. Instead, the term refers to the practice of pruning a tree with precision to create a healthy, miniature version of a plant that still appears natural yet highlights the careful interventions of its creator.

The trees are planted in shallow trays. Any plant species with woody stems and smaller leaves can be used, even fruiting and flowering trees. What began around the sixth century as a Japanese art form is now a popular plant pastime worldwide. With proper care and patient attention, these dwarf trees can live decades and even centuries — often outlasting their larger counterparts.

Bonsa Show, White River Gardens, Indianapolis, Indiana

The gorgeously formed greenery on display at White River Gardens will also be a wonderful source of inspiration for local gardeners interested in bringing the beauty of bonsai into their own homes. Admission to White River Gardens, including the new Bonsai exhibit, is included with regular Zoo admission. Note: Masks are required inside the Hilbert Conservatory.

Road Trips Gardeners can visit IndianapolisZoo.com to reserve timed-entry tickets and review the Zoo’s COVID-19 safety guidelines in advance of their visit.

(Photos courtesy of White River Gardens/Indianapolis Zoo)

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