盆栽 Bonsai in the Gardens Show: July 31-August 1, 2021

Celebrate the Japanese art of bonsai (tree in a pot or ‘tray planting’). Explore a gallery of different bonsai styles, trained tree miniature versions of the natural form. Learn from internationally-recognized bonsai artists Pauline Muth, Bill Valavanis and Mark Fields. Enjoy perusing bonsai displays and vendor exhibits, live demonstrations, and bonsai critiques by the experts.  Shop for bonsai-related wares at vendor tables. Register for and experience a Beginning Bonsai 101 Workshop taught by Pauline Muth or challenge your bonsai skills in Bill Valavanis’ Seven Maple Forest Style Workshop and come away with your very own bonsai!

Before visiting, please review our ‘Modified Visitation Plan’, (on our homepage) which will give you the latest construction updates affecting access to Wellfield, as well as current health protocols in place.

Admission to the Bonsai show is $5 for adults 13 and over (not including admission to the Gardens), $3 for Wellfield members.

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

Saturday, July 31, 2021

  • 7-9 a.m. Exhibitors load-in their trees/displays, vendor set up
  • 9-10 a.m. Judging – Bill Valavanis, Pauline Muth, Mark Fields
  • 10:00 a.m. Wellfield opens! Bonsai Show opens in our Event Garden, tree exhibit & vendors open
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Demonstration – Mark Fields (bonsai entered in auction)
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. *Beginning Bonsai 101 Workshop with Pauline Muth – REGISTER HERE
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Critique Session of Exhibitors (Bill Valavanis, Artist)
  • 1-3 p.m. Demonstration – Bill Valavanis (bonsai entered in auction)
  • 2-3 p.m. Critique Session of Exhibitors (Mark Fields, Artist)
  • 3-4 p.m. Critique Session of Exhibitors (Pauline Muth, Artist)
  • 4:00 p.m. Show closes, feel free to enjoy a walk in the Gardens – we’re open until 6 p.m.!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

  • 10:00 a.m. Wellfield opens! Bonsai Show opens in our Event Garden, tree exhibit & vendors open
  • 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Demonstration – Bill Valavanis Forest Style Bonsai (bonsai entered in auction)
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Critique Session of Exhibitors / Awards (Pauline Muth, Artist)
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. *Experienced Bonsai Workshop: Seven Maple Forest Style with Bill Valavanis – REGISTER HERE
  • 1-3 p.m. Demonstration – Pauline Muth (items entered in auction)
  • 3-4 p.m. Critique Session of Exhibitors (Bill Valavanis / Pauline Muth, Artists)
  • 4:00 p.m. Show closes, feel free to enjoy a walk in the Gardens – we’re open until 6 p.m.!
  • 4-6 p.m. Vendor and exhibitor take down

Meet our featured artists, workshop instructors and judges:

Pauline Muth has been studying, learning, and practicing bonsai for over 40 years and has traveled across the country and internationally teaching bonsai. She began her journey in bonsai studying botany in college and now maintains a collection of hardy and non-hardy trees set in a large garden space. Pauline has extensive experience across several bonsai organizations, serving in numerous leadership capacities, conference facilitation, and associated activities….Click here for instructor bios

WNV MINIWilliam Valavanis is a professional bonsai artist, educator and scholar, and has been studying bonsai for nearly 60 years. Two horticultural degrees, a 30 year study with Yuji Yoshimura, and bonsai apprenticeship in Omiya Bonsai Village have provided him with the solid background to continue learning and sharing his bonsai knowledge, skill and creative beauty around the world. He has been publishing International BONSAI magazine, the first and only professional bonsai magazine in the United States for 42 years.

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Mark Fields began his lifelong passion for the art of bonsai in 1968 at the age of 9, and has learned from more than 60 bonsai artists from all over the globe. He is a past 2 term president of the Indianapolis Bonsai Club and is currently the president of the American Bonsai Society. 

Exhibitors and Vendors:

Want to be a part of the show? Are you interested in being a participating bonsai exhibitor or vendor selling bonsai-related items and equipment? Please register through the links below:

  • Exhibitor RegistrationI am a bonsai artist and would like to display my bonsai for guests to enjoy and learn from!
  • Vendor Registration – I am a bonsai equipment/materials vendor and would like to sell items related to the art of bonsai.

*”Beginning Bonsai 101″ Workshop (Requires Advanced Registration)

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at bonsai? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an expert in an intimate setting, where you’ll walk away with your very own bonsai after the two-hour introductory workshop. Internationally-known bonsai artist Pauline Muth leads our “Beginning Bonsai 101” workshop at 11 a.m. All participants will be given hands-on instruction for selection, planting, shaping and styling, as well as care and maintenance of their very own bonsai. This introduction to bonsai also includes a brief history of this amazing art form, a primer on tree selection and cultivation, and resources that will have your enjoying your bonsai experience for years to come. All materials are included, workshop is limited to just 10 participants to ensure a quality, hands-on experience for all. You will walk away with your own starter bonsai tree in a pot! Workshops are intended for those ages 18 and older.
Wellfield Member Price: $160
Non-member price: $200

*”Seven Maple Forest” Advanced Workshop (Requires Advanced Registration)

Are you experienced at Bonsai and and want to up your game and create a forest? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Bill Valavanis in an intimate setting in which you’ll walk away with your very own Seven Maple Forest after the two-hour workshop in which all participants will be given hands-on instruction for selection, planting, shaping and styling, as well as care and maintenance of their very own bonsai. All materials are included, workshop is limited to just 10 participants to ensure a quality, hands-on experience for all. Workshops are intended for those ages 18 and older.
Wellfield Member Price: $336
Non-member price: $400

REGISTER HERE Sunday August 1, 1-3 p.m. Workshop instructed by Bill Valavanis


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