Three Friends of Winter

PHOTO: 3 Friends of WinterBonsai Silhouette Show
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family Activities
Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Book Signing
Bonsai: A Patient Art
Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26
noon to 3 p.m.

One of the most stunning exhibitions you’ll see all year.

At Three Friends of Winter, our world-renowned Bonsai Collection shares the spotlight with the Japanese tradition of the “three friends”: pine, plum, and bamboo, all symbols of flourishing under adverse conditions.
It’s a visually stunning show, in which the stark shapes of bare or budding trees are carefully lit, then viewed through translucent panels to show off their silhouettes.

In the Three Friends of Winter show, each bonsai will be exhibited with an accent object such as suiseki, incense burner, statuary, or pottery on contemporary cottonwood benches made from trees felled within the Garden. Deciduous bonsai trees are particularly beautiful in the winter, when their branch structure can be admired without foliage. In this dormant phase, the bonsai are living sculptures. Bonsai masters carefully prune branches and roots, pinch back new growth, wire and shape tree forms, and monitor each plant's individual need for water, sunlight, soil mix, and fertilizer. Through such attention and care, each bonsai artist creates a living story. The Three Friends of Winter are incorporated into a Japanese garden (tsubo-niwa) within the exhibit.

Bonsai: A Patient Art book signing will take place in the Regenstein Center, Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26 from 12 - 3 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. Tim Priest, photographer, and Ivan Watters, bonsai curator will be on site for the event.