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Bonsai expert coming to library

Lionel Flood, President of the Minnesota Bonsai Society, will present about the art, history and styles of bonsai trees and show you how to cultivate your own! 

Learn what trees work best for cultivation from season to season.

Mr. Flood will be appearing at Detroit Lakes Library Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.

“Keshiki Bonsai,” by Kenji Kobayashi. 

Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, expensive, and steeped in history and tradition.

But at its most simple, it’s really just planting done in a tray or container.

Keshiki bonsai is a revolutionary approach that involves creating living pieces of art using readily available plants and containers.

This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow.

The projects start simple, with five designs that feature moss combined with unique containers.

Readers then move on to six designs combining moss, small trees, and containers.

The next 10 projects add perennials to the mix, and the final ten projects have it all: moss, trees, perennials, and stones.

Each project is made with a wide variety of containers, from the most delicate, artisan clay to a repurposed ramekin and a simple box.

“Bonsai: A Patient Art,” by Chicago Botanic Garden in Association with Yale University Press.

In an engaging opening essay, the book introduces the practice and philosophy of bonsai, its spiritual resonance, and its horticultural sophistication.

Then alongside each tree’s portrait, is a short, thoughtful discussion of the species and style of the tree as well as its individual history and character.

Readers will cherish this superbly conceived and designed book while gaining a new appreciation for the living masterpieces that inspired it.

Library happenings

  • Tuesday March 26: Library Club, 2 p.m.  All are welcome; refreshments will be served.
  • Thursday, March 28 and Saturday, March 30: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, March 29: Beginning Genealogy, 3 p.m.

Want to research your family history? Aren’t sure where to start? Come to the Beginning Genealogy class in the Detroit Lakes Library’s meeting room.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library’s services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the library at 100 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Public Library is a branch of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library.