Sandusky Bonsai Club celebrates 50 years at annual bonsai show

What is it: Bonsai! This word is not to be confused with banzai, the Japanese term for battle cry. This bonsai, which has Chinese origins, is the small tree that is considered a symbol of peace and harmony, and you’ll have a chance to surround yourself in their beauty while celebrating with the Sandusky Bonsai Club this weekend.
Beth WerlingA Buddha statue sits beneath one of the bonsai trees we created during our time with Decker.
The Sandusky Bonsai Club is hosting its annual Bonsai Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sandusky Cultural Center at Sandusky High School, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.
 
Why is it important: This is the 50th anniversary of the Sandusky Bonsai Club–Jack Mayer started the club 50 years ago–and to celebrate, more than 50 bonsai will be on display at this weekend’s show. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy your very own bonsai and learn more about how to care for your miniature tree.

The bonsai is an art form that, although it has grown in popularity in the last 10-15 years, can be traced all the way back to the Ming Dynasty, says club member Paul Decker, who joined the club in 1986.

“A lot of people don’t know that the bonsai is the world’s only living art form,” Decker says. “It’s actually living art work.”

How to get involved: For more information on the club or the show, visit The Sandusky Bonsai Club Facebook page. Admission to the weekend event is free.