Attend Bonsai talk on Wednesday: Creating the illusion of a full-scale tree in miniature

A program on “The Art of Bonsai” will be presented Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.

Todd Hansen, a certified teacher of bonsai, and Lydia Cruz from Bonsai Sanctuary in East Hartford, will talk about the history and techniques of bonsai.

The program includes a demonstration of how trees are shaped and groomed for exhibition as well as information on the art form itself. It is sponsored by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

A variety of trees will be on hand to show styles and diversity of design, as well as tools of the trade to help show attendees what it takes to begin.

Art form and horticultural activity

Bonsai is an Asian art form as well as a horticultural activity. The trees used are grown in nursery settings and are large scale trees when they begin.

The trees are collected when young and groomed in small pots to reflect the shape, texture and behavior of a natural landscape. Trees in some collections are decades old and worth hundreds of dollars.

The goal is to create the illusion of the full-scale tree in miniature

Bonsai exhibit is on display

Members of the New Haven Bonsai Society have provided a collection of trees available for viewing at the Kellogg Environmental Center before and after the presentation.

This exhibit is open during operational hours of the center, Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through July 9. The Kellogg Center is off Route 34, slightly north of Derby Center.

Light refreshments will be served after the July 9 program. A donation of $5 per adult is requested.

For information or to register, call the Kellogg Center at 203-734-2513 or email