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Plant nursery to host annual bonsai show

By Staff | Oct 31, 2014

For centuries, the planting of bonsai trees has been known as an activity of contemplation to strengthen your skills in effort and ingenuity.

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, Wigert’s Bonsai Nursery, 2930 South Road, North Fort Myers, will host the ninth-annual bonsai show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be more than 100 specimen bonsai trees on display, as well as trees and supplies on sale. There will also be bonsai demonstrations all weekend and Japanese garden design will be offered this weekend only.

Andrea Wigert, owner of the nursery, said she started the event to give back to her customers and community.

“When we started the nursery, we wanted to do something like this because many businesses like ours usually do annual events where we can get our customers and new people to come out,” Wigert said.

Guests include a bonsai master Min Hsuan Lo from Taiwan and Japanese garden designer John Powell, as well as masters throughout the state holding discussions and workshops.

There will also be a styling competition Sunday at 4 p.m., with an entry fee of $35. The plant material will be Premna and Min Hsuan Lo will judge. The winner receives a $100 gift certificate at Wigert’s.

Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. The purpose of bonsai is generally contemplation and the exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower.

Joe Serrano of Cape Coral, an artist by trade, said the best thing about it is that it doesn’t happen overnight. He has about 35 trees, but only one or two he’d consider bonsai quality.

“It’s a long process. You have to think about it and hope the tree cooperates,” Serrano said. “In the beginning I looked for instant gratification, but I learned it’s the process where I get satisfaction.”

“It’s a way of growing plants in shallow containers and duplicating what you see in nature,” Wigert said. “It’s a good form of meditation. Many people with stressful jobs or who have medical conditions do bonsai to take their minds off it to relax.”

Mark Glick of North Fort Myers understands that. He had a heart attack four years ago and needed to slow down. One day he said he saw a sign about bonsai.

“I was amazed by what I saw. I bought some pots and plants and started taking classes,” Glick said. “It’s relaxing and very therapeutic. I sit and work on my trees and time flies.”

Wigert said that bonsai is also great for those who have limited space at home or a small backyard. A small table is all one needs to keep miniature trees, so anyone with a small outdoor area can enjoy it.

The event is free to the public.

For more information, call Wigert’s at 543-2234 or visit www.wigertsbonsai.com.