Bonsai exhibition and sale showcase the beauty of nature

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – The 49th Annual Bonsai Show and Sale will be held this Sunday, May 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Golisano Autism Center at 50 Science Parkway in Rochester.

Admission is $5, seniors $3, and children under 12 can attend for free.

Organizer Bill Valavanis and Bonsai Society of Upstate NY President Marc Arpag discussed the event and their passion for bonsai on News 8 at noon on Wednesday.

“They will see beautiful trees like you see here,” Valavanis said from his personal garden. “There will be a demonstration and there will be stuff for sale. But they can learn from demonstration.

There are over 150 members of the Bonsai Society of Upstate NY who find the small trees so appealing. “It’s beauty and it’s an opportunity to stop and appreciate nature as a work of art,” Arpag said of the bonsai fascination. “When you take it out of its natural environment and put it in a place where you can truly appreciate each piece as a work of art, you truly understand and appreciate what the art of bonsai is.”

Valavanis said people who attend the bonsai display and sale can purchase starter materials, containers and old collected trees. “When they see the trees, they can study the trees – the shape and the structure – and the members will be there to answer questions.”

Arpag said Valavanis is much more than an event organizer. He brings rare expertise and generosity to our region. “I would just like to add that we are very lucky here in Rochester. Not only do we have a great and very active bonsai society that shares with the community, but we also have a national element to Bill Valavanis. He is only the third member of the Washington, D.C. Arboretum Bonsai Hall of Fame. He shares his information usually through classes and workshops that people can attend so they can learn how to do this correctly. art and to create and care for their own trees. their own bonsai.

This Sunday will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful bonsai trees and consider starting your own garden. Learn more online at

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