DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS EXHIBITION-RELATED PROGRAMS Celebrate Children’s Day and the opening of Kizuna:West Meets East
---- Related Workshop: Beginner Bonsai Design,----Advanced Bonsai Design----Tanabata Day
Celebrate Children’s Day and the opening of Kizuna:West Meets East
May 5 Denver Botanic Gardens
In Japan May 5 is Children’s Day, when families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children. It became a national holiday in 1948, but has long been celebrated. Visit child-friendly stations and see large, carp-shaped streamers. Visit web site for details.
Global Gardens Family Night: Evening Activities. Visit web site for details.
Bonsai: Reflections on Life, David De Groot
2012 Bonfils-Stanton Series
Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Denver Botanic Gardens
To most Americans, bonsai are horticulture novelties – charming little products of a gardening subset similar to topiary and dish gardening. In Japan, however, bonsai has long been recognized as a fine art with the same seriousness of intent and depth of meaning as poetry, music, painting or sculpture.
Related Tour: Touring Shofu-en prior to lecture 2012 Bonfils-Stanton Series Thursday, June 14, 6 p.m.Denver Botanic Gardens An in-depth tour of the Japanese Garden offers an opportunity to learn and admire the role of trees and Bonsai within this landscape.
Shofu-en, the garden of wind and pines, is a place of tranquil beauty that invites you to re-discover it again and again.
Related Workshop: Beginner Bonsai Design, with David De Groot 2012 Bonfils-Stanton Series Friday, June 15
Denver Botanic Gardens Discover your inner bonsai artist! Master bonsai artist, David De Groot, will introduce you to all the rudiments of bonsai design and styling techniques. Plant materials will be provided.
Related Workshop: Advanced Bonsai Design, with David De Groot 2012 Bonfils-Stanton Series Friday, June 15 Denver Botanic Gardens
Take your bonsai designing skills to the next level with David De Groot leading the way. De Groot will offer guidance.
Journey to Japan Summer Camp June 25 – 29 and July 16 – 20
Denver Botanic Gardens Tanabata Day Saturday, July 7 Denver Botanic Gardens Tanabata, also known as the “star festival,” is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers (colorful, small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also decorate bamboo branches with various kinds of paper decorations and place them outside their houses.
Visit the Gardens to enjoy volunteer-led children’s activities. September Sky Family Night
Wednesday, September 1 Denver Botanic Gardens Moonviewing, or O-Tsukimi, is a traditional Japanese festival which honors the full moon in autumn.
Ikebana: Balance, Harmony and Form with Diana Lee 2012 Bonfils-Stanton Series Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Denver Botanic Gardens While Western flower arrangements emphasize decoration and a means to immediate visual pleasure through the use of color combinations and flowers in full bloom, the Japanese Ikebana arrangement’s focus is more minimalist and contemplative. It asks the viewer to consider the rhythm and innate order of nature through the arrangement’s application of linear design – lines representing Heaven, Mankind and Earth. As within the natural world, the Ikebana design is asymmetrical yet balanced. The lack of symmetry is indicative of the Asian Yin/Yang theory of bringing