Carolina Bonsai Exposition

Yesterday we spent the day out and about enjoying our neck of the woods. The first stop was the North Carolina Arboretum.

This weekend is the North Carolina Bonsai Exposition. The weather was perfect, warm with cooling breezes. It really felt like fall. We had tickets for a lecture on “The Art of Bonsai Pottery,” featuring bonsai pottery artist Ron Lang. He has done some interesting sculpture and talked about his transition to making Bonsai pottery.

The art of Bonsai takes great patience, skill, and knowledge. It is a lifelong study for those dedicated to the art. Bonsai in its simplest definition is the art of growing miniature trees in shallow containers. The tree should mimic the shape of its larger counterpart. The selection of the appropriate pottery is an art unto itself. The pottery should be a complement to the tree but never take center stage.

There was also a display of Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging) as well.

We had a few errands to run where I ran into an old friend at one of the big box stores. I took a moment for a selfie then moved on.


From there we took a drive to Bullington Gardens although they were closed when we arrived. There were still some wonderful flowers to enjoy. I am thinking about taking a watercolor class there and just wanted to reacquaint myself with the route to get there.

Afterward hubby suggested we stop for Thai food. We have been wanting to try a particular Thai restaurant in Hendersonville so last night was the night. I think our server was new so the service was not great. I ordered my favorite dish, Panang Curry, but unfortunately, there were no red or green peppers nor were there any kaffir lime leaves – both flavors I feel are important to the dish. It was still tasty, but hubby was not as fond of the zucchini they used in place of the peppers as I was.

On the way home, the moon was large and hanging in the sky as if it had been purposely placed there to beckon our eyes toward the heavens. The moonlight shone in the bedroom windows most of the night until the much-needed rain started to roll in during the early morning hours.

It is still raining and we are thankful. It is good to see it raining again. We have almost had an inch of rain today. The sound of the rain makes it a perfect morning to linger over a cup of coffee and catch up on my reading.


10 thoughts on “Carolina Bonsai Exposition”

  1. My first wife bought a tiny Bonsai tree, in 1977. She cared for it very carefully, even leaving it with her sister when we went on holiday. When we split in 1985, she still had it.
    Thai food is a favourite of ours too, though I generally have roasted sizzling duck breast in their special sauce. It is such a regular order, they don’t even give me a menu unless I ask for one. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Living in such rural places, duck is not always available on the menu although it is a favorite of ours. 8 years is a long time for a non-Bonsai aficionado to keep a tree alive and thriving. Good for her.

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    1. We are now over an inch of rain today and the forecast calls for more later in the week so I hope we are recovering. Too much rain is as bad as not having enough.

      Oh, Mary that is a horrible comparison! From my experience, bonsais are well loved and cared for. I hope they do not suffer in any similar way.

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  2. A lovely way to spend the day. Have you ever tried to care for a bonsai tree as a plant in your home? I tried once and wasn’t a good bonsai-mom. My step-brother and my step-sister’s husband are great at it. There must be a special green thumb that I haven’t found? The curry dish you described sounds delicious – I like peppers too. The watercolor class sounds fun – I hope you share about how it goes.

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    1. We have a couple of tropical bonsais which require a great deal of care in the winter. We belonged to the local Bonsai society for a while, but gave it up when we realized at our age it was a little too late to invest in something that takes so long to develop. I will definitely share my class experiences if I decide to take the class,

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      1. Yes, you’re right, it does take a long time to develop. My step-brother was part of Milwaukee’s Bonsai Society – he apparently did quite well and his wife donated many of his plants back to the society when he passed away.
        Yay – I look forward to hearing about your class if you do.


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