BONSAI DEMONSTRATIONS SET FOR AZALEA FESTIVAL

May 26, 2004 12:00 am

By POLLY KEUSINK

Pilot Staff Writer

Bonsai enthusiasts throughout Curry and Del Norte counties are busy sprucing up their trees for the 26th annual Exhibition of Bonsai as part of the Azalea Festival in Brookings.

The miniature trees will be displayed in the Best Western Brookings Inn conference center, 1143 Chetco Ave., Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30. Doors open at 10 a.m. both days for the show sponsored by Seacrest Bonsai Club..

There will be a bonsai demonstration each day at 2 p.m. John Liewergen of Brookings and Roy Krause of Crescent City will work with Kingsville boxwood on Saturday. Doris Munson and Vi Lovejoy of Brookings will use a Japanese maple and a Shimpaku juniper to explain the "root-over-rock" style on Sunday.

Bonsai and pre-bonsai trees, plants and bonsai pots will be available for sale. Handmade pots by Wendy Heller of Arcata, Calif., and Sky Lloyd of Crescent City will be featured.

There will be a drawing for two bonsai, one an informal upright corokia and the other a grove of Alberta spruce.

The exhibit is free. Information about the bonsai will be available from Seacrest Bonsai Club, whose members come from Del Norte and Curry counties.