Perennial Premiere Sale and Bonsai: An Exhibition of Living Art

Flowers, trees, fields, gardens and nature have all been the source of inspiration for celebrated painters. From Claude Monet to Vincent Van Gogh and even George Seurat, each artist has placed their own interpretation on nature the lenses of the paint brush. But who says the garden itself can’t be a work of art? Certainly not those in charge of keeping up the wonderful Gardens of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. On April 24 and 25, 2010, the Indianapolis Museum of Art proves that gardens are art forms at their Perennial Premiere Sale and in Bonsai: An Exhibition of Living Art. Both take place in the Gardens of the IMA, both are FREE to all Indianapolis people and both celebrate the challenging yet beautiful artistry of the garden. Don’t miss these exciting Indianapolis events at this wonderful Indianapolis attraction.

Perennial Premiere

The Perennial Premiere is an annual event in the IMA’s Greenhouse. Gardeners from across Indianapolis flock to this features multiple vendors ready to share their plants with Indianapolis gardeners looking to spruce up their Indianapolis real estate. This salute to spring has expanded to include not just perennials but also annuals, tropicals, small trees and shrubs, herbs, heirloom vegetable seedlings and packets of flower and vegetable seeds. More than one-hundred varieties of plants will be available for sale, making this one of the annual largest plant sales in Indiana.

Indianapolis businesses and Indianapolis nonprofit organizations dedicated to horticulture come together at the IMA’s Perennial Premiere. Participating vendors include Cit E Scapes, Indiana Berry and Plant Company, Sundown Gardens, Tiffany Lawn and Garden Supply and The Garden Center. Organizations on hand include Hoosier Heartland RC&D Council, IMA Horticultural Society, INPAWS, Indiana Urban Forest Council, Indianapolis Bonsai Club, Indianapolis Hosta Society, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Marion County Master Gardeners and Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Browse a wide selection of plants. The IMA’s Nourish Cafe will be running a stand near by offering yummy locally grown snacks. The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s horticulture staff will be on hand to assist and answer questions throughout both days. The Perennial Premiere begins Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 10:00 am and Sunday at 12:00 pm. It closes both days at 5:00 pm. Members of the this Indianapolis museum can turn up for a special preview at 8:00 am on Saturday. Your home garden will be an oasis in no time with one trip to the IMA’s Perennial Premiere.

Bonsai: An Exhibition of Living Art

Bonsai is most definitely a living art. A potter may glaze a pot and then call his masterpiece complete. A painter finishes his work of art with a single stroke, sharing his completed vision with the world. But a Bonsai artist’s work is never finished, as his designs are continually changing with the growth of that tiny tree. Experience the wonder of these living, growing works of art at Bonsai: An Exhibition of Living Art Saturday, April 24, 2010 and Sunday, April 25. The exhibition features more than thirty award winning bonsai trees, each styled and maintained by members of the Indianapolis Bonsai Club.

This delicate art takes time, knowledge, patience and wisdom. Caring for this little trees means pouring your heart and soul into their well being. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower. This ancient art has been traced back to early times of Egyptian culture. However, its lineage belongs to the Chinese tradition of penjing, which translates to mean “tray scenery.” Bonsai cultivation is so interesting because it is both a science and an art. Caretakers must understand the tree’s biological needs, while at the same time cultivate the bonsai tree’s aesthetic look.

Don’t miss Bonsai: An Exhibition of Living Art, a special two day Indianapolis art show. The Garden Terrace opens as an Indianapolis art gallery Saturday at 11:00 am and Sunday at 12:00 pm. The exhibition shuts down at 5:00 pm on both days. Again this Indianapolis art event is FREE to all Hoosiers.

After you have worked up an appetite shopping for your garden and admiring the art of Bonsai, head to Indianapolis downtown or the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat. With a dense collection of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars in one place, there is something for everyone in Broad Ripple.

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Perennial Premiere
April 24 and 25, 2010

Bonsai: An Exhibition of Living Art
April 24 and 25, 2010

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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