A growing art
The art of bonsai, the meticulous pruning of miniature trees, is a highly technical art. It’s not something that you can learn by watching a how-to video—at least, not unless you want to debase the art form completely. Sensei Boon Manakitivipart, owner of Bonsai Boon and founder of the Bay Island Bonsai organization, spent one year in Japan working as an apprentice to bonsai master Yasuo Mitsuya. In 1995, Manakitivipart’s skills were recognized when he was awarded the coveted Ben Oki International Design Award. This Saturday and Sunday, Manakitivipart can be found giving bonsai demonstrations at the Sacramento Bonsai Club’s 59th annual Bonsai Show. Admission to the show is free. Show hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with Manakitivipart giving demonstrations at 2 p.m. each day. Find the dwarfed trees at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, located at 2401 Riverside Boulevard. Call (916) 630-1340 for more information.