Spring Show

IBA 2014 Spring Show

On April 19, and 20, Easter Weekend, the weekend closest to Earth Day the Iowa Bonsai Association Spring had our Spring Show at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. New this year featured one table of “Funsai”.  This as a plant or tree with bonsai qualities, but it is in a fun container.  Attracting the attention of kids is the goal here, and perhaps helping them envision the bonsai as little trees when placed in a setting of other miniature items. We also featured Shohin.



2008 Spring Ahead Festival – East Meets West


Above is a photo of the East meets West tokonoma

East meets West, the first annual Spring Ahead Festival at the Des Moines Botanical Center, was held February 7-10, 2008. The Iowa Bonsai Association provided tokonoma exhibits and some of the programs for this event. Reaction to the tokonoma was very positive, and included the comments:

almost spiritual,” “meditative.”


2008 IBA Spring Bonsai Show

The IBA returned to holding a spring bonsai show as well as an annual fall show. The theme of the spring show was The Art of Bonsai, held on April 19-20 in the Des Moines Botanical Center’s splendid show house. The goal was to highlight not only bonsai but also the Iowa Bonsai Association and the future of the Bonsai collection at the Botanical Center. Associated exhibits and demos supplemented the bonsai display.