Bonsai Club invites new members to learn ancient art


Did someone present you with a bonsai a while ago? And did it die sooner or later? That experience is most people’s introduction to a fascinating art form and hobby, said Donald Sibley, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Bonsai Club.

Bonsai are small trees in pots that are carefully tended and shaped until they evoke large old trees that have led an interesting life. They are living sculpture.

At 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 12, the club will have its first meeting of the year at the Polly Hill Arboretum Visitor Center. Members represent all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to veterans with many years of practice, according to Mr. Sibley. “At our meetings we help each other with hands-on demonstrations and the friendly sharing of tools and materials,” he said. “The scope of knowledge to be successful is vast but endlessly interesting. Patience is an obvious advantage. Beginners are encouraged to start with more than just one tree. That way, losing one is not so devastating.”

For more information, call Don Sibley at 508-693-2688.