Bonsai plants rooted at next garden club meeting – Sooke News Mirror

Bonsai dates back nearly 2,000 years. The unique, creative and expressive ways of plants and trees when trained as bonsai are endless.

When I looked up the definition of the term “bonsai”, it was the most common term, “a plant, usually a tree or shrub, that is grown in a container and made to look like a mature tree through the ‘use of various training techniques.’

Mark Paterson of Urban Oasis Bonsai is the guest speaker at this month’s Sooke Garden Club meeting. He will discuss the art of bonsai.

Paterson has operated his bonsai business, Nebari Bonsai Canada, since 2007. He renamed Urban Oasis Bonsai in 2019, located at 4649 West Saanich Road.

Paterson was president of the Vancouver Island Bonsai Society for five years, as well as a volunteer in the bonsai garden at the Horticultural Center of the Pacific, and maintains the bonsai trees at the Greater Victoria Art Gallery.

He has a wealth of knowledge about creating and caring for bonsai and has taught the craft from college horticulture to kindergarten classes.

The next Sooke Garden Club meeting is April 28 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. If you are not a current member and wish to register, please contact Solange by email at [email protected]

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