The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites residents to its fourth-annual Bonsai Exhibit. The exhibit takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the garden, 1125 N. 3rd Ave.

The word “Bonsai” is a Japanese term, which translates as “planted in a container.” This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years.

This year the garden will join its Bonsai exhibit with another piece of Japanese artistry, pottery and an Ikenobo Ikebana (Traditional Flower arrangement) display. The Ikebana display will be open from 12-3 p.m.

There will be Bonsai hands-on presentations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a pottery demonstration at 11 a.m. A Bonsai lecture will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The event is included with regular garden admission of $7 for adults, $6 for military and seniors (65+), and $5 for students with ID. For more information, visit or call 602-274-8700.



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