Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Take Mom to the Ancient Art of Bonsai Show at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

Albuquerque, NM - Every Mother’s Day weekend since it opened in 1997, the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, in collaboration with the Albuquerque Bonsai Club (ABC), has hosted The Ancient Art of Bonsai show, and this year is no exception. The show will run Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, from 9 am to 5 pm daily.
Members of the Bonsai Club will have their best bonsai works on display, covering a range of styles and species of trees, including conifer and deciduous trees. Bonsai trees using native New Mexico species such as Alligator Juniper, Piñon and Mountain Mahogany, will be on display as well. Bonsai activities are included with Botanic Garden general admission (adult $7, senior/child $3) and all visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree in the show. The People’s Choice winner will be posted.
Guests can also visit the patio adjacent to the showroom both days to watch the first steps in training a plant in the tradition of bonsai. Morning and afternoon demonstrations will be held at 10 am and 2 pm. Experienced members will select styles for each tree and demonstrate how to shape and wire them. Susan Burns, ABC president, explains that “the process of turning a plant into a bonsai will take many years, but this is the first step on that journey.”
Members will also be available to answer questions during these demonstrations. To follow the further development of a bonsai plant, visitors can check out the educational table showing the different stages of bonsai creation.
Botanic Garden and Aquarium visitors are also invited to attend the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Shark Reef Café on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Reservations can be made in advance by calling (505) 848-7182.
The Albuquerque Biological Park is an accessible facility and a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department. For assistance in visiting, please call 311 (Relay NM or 711), preferably with three days advance notice. Hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Zoo admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors 65 and older and children 3-12. Same day combo admission to all BioPark facilities is $12 for adults; $5 for seniors and children.
New Mexico BioPark Society membership benefits include unlimited general admission to all BioPark facilities and discounts to many special events, including this one. Find out about BioPark Society membership at bioparksociety.org.
The BioPark is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden is a member of the American Public Garden Association, an organization founded in 1940 that has emerged as the premiere association for public gardens. Today, APGA’s 500 member institutions are located throughout North America and beyond. The APGA serves and strengthens its member gardens by supporting and promoting their work, value and achievements in horticultural display, education, research and plant conservation.

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