PHOENIX -- Phoenix has a Bonsai Tree Society and this weekend it celebrated its 50th anniversary by showcasing a variety of different bonsai trees.
Society members gathered at the Valley Garden Center at 15th Avenue and McDowell Road to showcase their trees. The trees ranged from bougainvillea, to pine to olive. All of them were neatly pruned, trained to grow into a specific shape and contained in small pots.
Carol Roberts, a member of the society, said bonsai trees are any type of trees that have been wired and trained to grow a certain way and planted in small pots.
These trees require constant attention from their owners' pruning and training. They just have to be well manicured, wired and trained to grow the way you want them to.
The caring of bonsai trees requires patience and discipline because the trees can be very finicky and unforgiving. Roberts said you may prune the tree one day and it is fine. However, you may prune the tree on another day and the tree may not have liked that part of the tree getting pruned and you end up losing the tree. If you forget to water the tree just one day, it could end up dying.
Jim McEown, president of the local Phoenix Bonsai Society, said the society has members ranging from students to lawyers to doctors.
For anyone interested in bonsai trees and joining the Phoenix Bonsai Society, go to their website at www.phoenixbonsai.com.