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Bonsai in Bloom: Satsuki Azalea Bonsai at Matthaei
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States + Google Map
June 8 @ 10:00 am - June 22 @ 8:00 pm
A collection of bonsai satsuki azalea and Chinese viewing stones is on display at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens June 8-22. The azaleas and stones are from Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, a University of Michigan alumnus, bonsai collector, and donor. Among bonsai artists, Goldstein’s private collection is recognized as one of the finest in the United States. (Story continues below photos.)
A workshop with a Japanese bonsai master catalyzed Goldstein’s growing passion for satsuki, and he soon began to acquire exhibition-quality plants. Satsuki azalea are one of the most popular and prized species used for bonsai in Japan and have been so there for at least 400 years, according to Goldstein. There are thousands of varieties of satsuki with variations in flower color and leaf shape and size. When in bloom, the satsuki azalea may show multiple colors of flowers on the same plant. Like bonsai made from other woody plants and trees, satsuki azalea offer a glimpse of trees and nature in miniaturized form.
The tradition of viewing stones began in China and eventually moved to Japan. The Goldstein collection comes from China. Collectors prize the stones for their natural shapes that evoke landscapes such as waterfalls, mountains, or islands, or that represent objects such as birds or frogs. The stones are found in nature as is and are not worked at all. Free admission.
To learn more about Goldstein and his collection and how his connection to the University of Michigan inspired his passion for bonsai, read the full story on our blog.
Schedule of Events:
June 8 – June 22, 2019 / Bonsai in Bloom Exhibit
June 8 – June 9, 2019 / Opening Weekend
Throughout the day on Saturday June 8 Matthaei Botanical Gardens celebrates the opening of Bonsai in Bloom with a series of events.
- 9 am: Member hour / Matthaei-Nichols members get a sneak preview of the exhibit prior to the public opening. Free to members.
- 10 am: Exhibit opens. Satuski bonsai azalea and viewing stones on display in the bonsai and penjing garden and the conservatory at Matthaei
- 10, noon, and 2 pm / Japanese flute master Michael Gould plays traditional music on the shakuhachi flute.
- 1 pm: Japanese Tea Ceremony / A traditional Japanese tea ceremony conducted in the outdoor Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei.
Sunday, June 9 – Azalea Bonsai Workshops
On Sunday, June 9, renowned bonsai artist David Kreutz will lead two workshops along with Hiro Kobayashi and Yoichi Fukuda, visiting artists from Japan. Registration required.
- Multi-trunk Satsuki Azalea Workshop ONLY / 8 am-noon
Includes purchase of one multi-trunk satsuki azalea tree per person; limit 12 participants. $275 per person.
- Bring Your Own Azalea ONLY / 1 – 5 pm
If you have your own Satuski but crave an expert opinion, David will help you take your Satsuki to the next level. Limit 12 participants. $50 per person.
- Full Weekend Package
Includes: Multi-trunk Satsuki Azalea Workshop, Lunch, Bring Your Own Azalea Workshop, and an exclusive Dinner with the Artists. $325 per person.
- Dinner with the Artists / 7pm
Join us for an intimate dinner with collector and artist Melvyn Goldstein, renowned bonsai artist David Kreutz, Hiro Kobayashi and Yoichi Fukuda, visiting artists from Japan, as well as Matthaei’s own Carmen Leskoviansky. By invitation only.
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