Matthaei Botanical Gardens recently hosted a Satsuki Bonsai Weekend, featuring an exhibit of flowering Satusuki (azalea) bonsai, on loan from the world-class bonsai and penjing collection of Dr. Mevlyn Goldstein.

In celebration of this exhibit, donors and friends enjoyed an intimate reception with Dr. Goldstein in the Bonsai and Penjing Garden on Saturday, June 2. At the event, Dr. Melvyn Goldstein offered a glimpse into the art, culture, and science behind bonsai, while sharing the passion, dedication, and patience with which he approaches his bonsai collection. Director Bob Grese, Bonsai Collection Specialist Carmen Leskoviansky and Bonsai Intern Sade Adegbenro were on hand to share Matthaei’s collection and discuss the continuous, devoted work that bonsai require.

“This was the fourth year we’ve had the azaleas at Matthaei, but it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen them – they will take your breath away every time. It is a real pleasure to work with these trees and an honor to be able to learn from Dr. Goldstein,” Carmen said.

The weekend culminated with two satsuki bonsai workshops hosted by David Kruetz of Satsuki Bonsai-en in St. Louis.

Scenes from the evening were captured by Development Intern Mackenzie King.

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