Kusamono & Accent Plants with Young Choe

There will be a talk and a demonstration of techniques with attention to selection and display at our next Ann Arbor Bonsai Society meeting, Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30-9:00 at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Young studied traditional art-ink painting and calligraphy-in her native Korea before she moved to the United States. She obtained her BS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. While volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, she was able to bring her artistic talent together with her knowledge of horticulture to create Kusamono. She traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with the master Kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane, a former student of Saburo Kato. In the world outside the Museum, she worked with native plants at the USDA, NRCS, National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Also, she was a propagation horticulturist at the US National Arboretum. Young currently works at the US National Arboretum. There will be a Workshop the following Day, May 24. Participants may bring their own pots and plants, or purchase pots and plants which will be available at the workshop. You can also bring plantings that you have, in order to refine or redesign them. Wire and soil will be provided. Participants can expect to make 2 or 3 plantings of kusamono or accent plants. This workshop is at capacity.