TORONTO – Thoughtful ikebana displays and 75-year-old bonsai trees were part of the Toronto Japanese Garden Club’s 38th annual garden show on August 14th.
“Ikebana means experiencing life in the flowers,” says Tina Wong, president of Ikebana International, Toronto chapter.
At Momiji Health Care Society, Nature’s Beauty Show displayed the best of ikebana and bonsai that the city has to offer. There were demonstrations on bonsai and ikebana as well as awards for potted plants and basket arrangements.
Each curve of a branch is deliberate and carefully planned on a bonsai tree, the result of years of tweaking, twisting and pruning on 75-year-old trees that are less than two feet tall.
“There are the product of several years of work and when you start with a tree, you have to think five to seven years down the line,” says Jeff Shortt of Toronto Bonsai Society.
Take a moment to experience the flowers and bonsai you may have missed at the garden show.