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Bonsai Workshop: Creating a Traditional Japanese Saikei

November 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bonsai Workshop: Creating a Traditional Japanese Saikei | Sherman Library & Gardens

Join Debra Mauzy-Melitz from the Orange Empire Bonsai Society to create a mini Saikei that reminds you of a landscape you are fond of. You will learn about rock placement, balance points, the importance of negative space, and how to make “muck”.  A Saikei is not a bonsai, but rather a natural blend of the rocks, plants, and mosses.

Moss is an important element of every Saikei, but in Southern California, it can be a challenge to grow.  Therefore, in addition to making a mini Saikei, you will design a larger container to place your mini Saikei on – a humidity pot.  This larger container will be decorated with succulents, a glass tile, and small glass pieces and enable you to maintain the moss during hot, dry, or windy weather.  

No experience is necessary. All materials are provided. 

Fee: Members $70, Non-members $80

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