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Bonsai exhibit coming to IndyZoo

Bonsai, the ancient study of transforming trees into living artworks, will have a fall exhibit at The Indianapolis Zoo! Here is info from their press release:

Visitors can appreciate the intricate beauty of these unusual plants in The Indianapolis Zoo’s new botanical exhibit, Bonsai.

Opening Sept. 8 and continuing through Nov. 30, more than two dozen unique creations from the Indianapolis Bonsai Club will be on display in the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens. This limited-time exhibit will feature 15 different tree species and several award-winning bonsai plants, including a Brazilian rain tree, Ficus and black olive.

Prized for their delicate details and forms that sometimes seem to defy gravity, bonsai are not a specific type of tree. Instead, the term refers to the practice of pruning a tree with precision to create a healthy, miniature version of a plant that still appears natural yet highlights the careful interventions of its creator. With proper care and patient attention, these dwarf trees can live decades and even centuries — often outlasting their larger counterparts.

Admission to White River Gardens, including the new Bonsai exhibit, is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. Masks are required inside the Hilbert Conservatory. Guests can visit to reserve timed-entry tickets and review the Zoo’s safety guidelines in advance of their visit. The zoo is at 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis 46222.

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