Dell Gardens holds
plant sale, garden market
art of bonsai to be
revealed during eighth annual event
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (April 2010) Since reading
about bonsai in a National Geographic magazine, Earl Ekman has been
fascinated with these venerable miniature trees. Growing, shaping and
caring year round for these trees has become a passion for Ekman and
many like him.
Greater Louisville Bonsai Society
is always a hit at Yew Dell
Gardens annual plant sale.
Novices and experts alike are fascinated with the ancient
art of bonsai. Ekman has been a member of the Greater Louisville Bonsai
Society for the past 24 years. He is in constant contact with others
who share his hobby. He is a past president of the society and current
An Oldham County resident, Ekman took a landscaping course under Lee
Squires. This fueled his interest in bonsai. Squires is the Superintendent
of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville and has always had an interest in
plants, Japanese gardens and landscaping.
The Greater Louisville Bonsai Society is one of the oldest bonsai societies
east of the Mississippi. Most members are local, but some hail from
as far away as Richmond, Bowling Green, Winchester, Owensboro and Indiana.
Bonsai mostly attracts people who like gardening, he said.
Bonsai is a technique, said Squires who is president of
the Greater Louisville Bonsai Society. A tree with a natural dwarf leaf
is needed to create a bonsai tree. The process includes trimming, root
pruning and dwarfing a tree in a small container.
One of the societys main focuses is in promoting a beginner workshop
each year. With the help of a member, participants can come, style a
tree, pot it and leave with the satisfaction of having created something
Ekman says its not hard to get starting growing bonsai. The society
will guide anyone that wants to do it, he said.
Squires said a normal nursery plant or a plant collected in the wild
can be used in creating bonsai. Repotting it every two to three years
is the secret to keeping it thriving, he said.
Bonsai is art and horticulture, said Squires. An artistic
touch is needed to shape the miniature tree and knowledge of horticulture
is needed to know how to keep the tree alive and healthy.
The Greater Louisville Bonsai Society will take part in Yew Dell Gardens
eighth annual Plant Sale & Garden Market on April 24-25. On April
24 members of Yew Dell Gardens may attend the event at 9 a.m., one hour
before it is open to the public. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, April 24, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25.
A regular admission fee of $7 for adults and $5 for seniors will be
charged for non-members. Children 12 and under are free.
As with all Yew Dell events, any proceeds will be directed towards
helping us continue to add to the programs we offer to the community,
said Leah Whitmer, Director of Marketing and Development for Yew Dell
The Greater Louisville Bonsai Society will have on display in the Gheens
Barn 30 to 40 different types of bonsai trees, said Ekman.
Each will be labeled with a description and information about the tree,
and members will be present to answer any questions attendees may have.
The societies exhibit is always popular and people look forward
to it every year, said Whitmer. Real, quality bonsai is
not something you see everywhere.
The type of trees used varies, said Ekman, and include junipers, pines,
maples, elms, and indoor and outdoor trees. The society is already preparing
for a huge bonsai show they will host in Louisville on June 16-19, 2011.
They have participated in the Plant Sale & Garden Market at Yew
Dell Gardens for several years, alongside other local vendors. Childrens
activities and a childrens play area will also be available, in
addition to refreshments and garden tours.
We always stay up-to-date on great new garden plants, said
Whitmer. For that reason, many new plants will be for sale this year.
For more information on the Greater Louisville
Bonsai Society, visit: www.LouisvilleBonsai.org.
Or contact Yew Dell Gardens at (502) 241-4788 or www.YewDellGardens.org.
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