Learn how to grow and style beautiful Satsuki azalea in this weekend devoted to the centuries-old art of Satsuki bonsai. June 3-5, 2022 the Bonsai Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens will feature an exhibition of blooming Satsuki azalea from bonsai expert and collector Dr. Melvyn Goldstein. And, Satsuki expert David Kreutz will lead two Sun., June 5 workshops for beginner to expert level participants. Keep scrolling to learn more!

Bonsai in Bloom 2022

Bonsai in Bloom Exhibit
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
Exhibit opens to the public Saturday, June 4 at 10 am.

100 Years in Bloom Celebration

In addition to the Bonsai in Bloom events, the weekend of June 3-5 will celebrate the centennial of the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum. Planned activities include a cut-flower show at Matthaei, the Peony Bloom at Nichols Arboretum, and a special 100 Years in Bloom Garden Walk co-hosted by Ann Arbor Farm & Garden. For a full schedule of events, visit:

Satsuki Azalea Workshops – SOLD OUT
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
8 am-noon & 1 – 5pm

Two workshops on Satsuki Azalea will feature a multiple varieties including ‘Zuiun’, ‘Nagisa-no-Kaori’, ‘Nao’, and ‘Azumakagami’, as well as a variety of smaller exposed root azaleas. $110-$275 per workshop, depending on style and size of tree selected. SOLD OUT.


Learn and Watch

Watch: A tour of the bonsai garden with satsuki azalea at Matthaei

A Tour of the Matthaei-Nichols Bonsai Garden and Satsuki Azalea with Bonsai Collection Specialist Carmen Leskoviansky (60-minute video) Key video time points:
  • 4:40: Discussion of exposed-root bonsai

  • 16:26: The oldest bonsai in the MBGNA collection

  • 21:23: Brief tour of Shohin (trees that are less than 10 inches tall) 

  • 27:52: Satsuki flower pruning and pinching demo

  • 37:20: Satsuki branch wiring discussion and demo

  • 46:00: Carmen answering audience questions

Think you’re a bonsai brainiac? Take our quiz and check your knowledge now!

Watch: A Tour of Satsuki Grower Hiroharu Kobayashi’s Nursery in Kanuma City, Japan.

View: A photo gallery of Satsuki azalea and accompanying events from the 2019 Bonsai in Bloom exhibit.

Read: interviews with Dr. Goldstein and other bonsai experts

Satsuki bonsai azalea

One of Melvyn Goldstein’s satsuki bonsai azalea. The blooming azaleas from Dr. Goldstein’s collection were displayed at Matthaei Botanical Gardens from June 8-22, 2019.

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A group of Satsuki azalea being prepped for installation in the Bonsai in Bloom display.