Sunday, August 9th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
We are honored to have Tom Elias presenting his lecture, "Discovery and Introduction of Bonsai to the Western World" at our August club meeting. Among his many accomplishments, Tom’s resume includes President of the National Bonsai Foundation, President of Bonsai Clubs International and Board Member of the National Arboretum. The earliest known English observation of dwarf potted trees was recorded in 1637. Japanese dwarf trees were in the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876 and in numerous other expositions, including the 1915 San Francisco Exposition and our own 1915 Exposition. The first English book on bonsai was published in 1940; Yoshimura and Halford’s Miniature Trees and Landscapes would become the "Bible of Bonsai in the West." John Naka, from California, played a major role in sharing by teaching in person and in print, emphasizing the use of native material. And who could forget the Karate Kid movies that spurred many young people to investigate the hobby. So bring your popcorn and pull up a chair for what will be a fascinating presentation.