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Bonsai Fest – Pacific Bonsai Museum

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until May 13, 2018

Admission is free; $5 suggested donation for those who are able to support the Museum.

Pacific Bonsai Museum hosts its first annual Bonsai Fest over Mother’s Day weekend. The event features local bonsai enthusiast’s best works of art, as the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PBSA) presents their member’s annual spring show. The public can view the club members’ bonsai, ask questions, and watch bonsai-making demonstrations. Demonstrations will be made by Tony Fajarillo–silver medal winning ‘Pot Party’ bonsai garden creator from the 2018 Northwest Flower and Garden Show–at 1:00 pm on May 12, and by Frank Heidt–longtime friend and student of Dan Robinson of Elandan Gardens–at 1:00 pm on May 13. Visitors can vote for their favorite PSBA bonsai to win ‘best in show.’ People’s choice voting concludes at 2:30pm Sunday with winners announced at 3:00pm.

Visitors can tour Pacific Bonsai Museum’s groundbreaking 2018 special exhibit ‘Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design’ that compares bonsai with other works of art and reveals the secrets of good bonsai design, breaking-down how exactly bonsai artists make tiny trees appear big, old, and interesting. Free, docent-led tours of the exhibit begin at 12 noon and 2:00 pm, both days. (Advance registration is not required.)

Bonsai Fest! offers visitors a pop-up shop where the inspired can buy their own bonsai to practice the art at home, as well as bonsai pots, bonsai books, and other gift items. Visitors can also enter a free drawing to win a bonsai tree. (The drawing winner will be chosen at 3:30pm Sunday.) An art station will be available to kids and adults who want to get creative and make cards for mom.

On Mother’s Day – May 13 – local poet Alexandria Manalo will be on-site from 11AM – 2 PM to write complimentary, personalized poems for moms and other loved ones. Visitors can also pose at a bonsai selfie-station to take a photo with mom or snap a pic to share with her.

Main Street Gyro food truck will be onsite Saturday, May 12 and Chebogz food truck will be here Sunday, May 13.


May 13
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission is free; $5 suggested donation for those who are able to support the Museum.
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Pacific Bonsai Museum
2515 S 336th Street
Federal Way,WA98003United States
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