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Virtual Bonsai Show



… to the Bonsai Club of Central New York’s annual bonsai show at the Liverpool Public Library. We traditionally have our show in the Carman Community Room in mid-September every year, but because of the Covid-19 virus we’re unable to present it this year in person.

Therefore, we’d like to offer a glimpse of some of the bonsai trees we would have exhibited this year in normal times. These photos were taken in the first week of September 2020 to show the actual late summer condition of the trees. They are in all different stages of refinement.




bonsai in libraryOur club usually meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Pitcher Hill Community Church, 605 Bailey Rd. North Syracuse at 7PM. If you are curious about bonsai, or have any interest in attending or finding out more information, please email Curt Drury, president, at or Dean Kolts at, visit our Facebook page or website . And thanks for viewing!


What is bonsai?

The Japanese word bonsai literally means ‘tree in a pot’. This ancient art originally began in China as ‘Penjing’ and later migrated to and flourished in Japan as ‘Bonsai’. Today it’s practiced all over the world on every continent. Most people mistakenly believe a bonsai tree needs to be very old to be considered a bonsai, and while that can be true, it’s not necessary. The true art of bonsai is taking any tree suitable to the form and having the ability to make it look like an old and venerable tree. This is done by various processes such as pruning, wiring, carving and other means. A bonsai enthusiast is capable of taking a seedling or other raw material and transforming it into a masterpiece in a matter of years. It’s a passion that takes patience and artistic vision to accomplish, giving it the moniker ‘living sculpture’, as every tree is never static but always changing.

If you are interested in books on bonsai check out the books in our collection.


Click on the below photos to see a full size slide show of this year's bonsai.