Bonsai Silhouette Show
Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lectures at 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 25: Ivan Watters
Sunday, January 26: Tim Priest
To celebrate the winter season in the Japanese tradition, the Chicago Botanic Garden highlights the Three Friends of Winter (pine, plum, and bamboo), which in Japan endure cold weather and are symbols of flourishing under adverse conditions.
The popular silhouette bonsai show features deciduous trees from the Garden’s Bonsai Collection and select trees from exceptional private bonsai collections in the Chicago area in their dormant phase, which highlights their branch structure. Each bonsai will be exhibited with an accent object such as suiseki, incense burner, statuary, or pottery on contemporary designed cottonwood benches made from trees felled within the Garden. The Three Friends of Winter are incorporated into a Japanese garden (tsubo-niwa) within the exhibit.
Weekend family activities include creating scrolls featuring the Three Friends of Winter and bonsai silhouette shapes by using shades of black ink in the sumi-e tradition. Learn about the symbolism of pine, plum, and bamboo, and how the scrolls are used not only decoratively but also to tell a story.
Three Friends of Winter is generously supported by the Astellas USA Foundation.