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Japanese Garden Hosts Horticulture Symposium

Experts versed in koi fish, bonsai, Japanese flower arranging, and orchids will present four workshops on Sunday, April 1, at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. The session from 9-11:30 a.m. will feature the workshops on flower arranging and bonsai. The orchid and koi pond workshops will be held from 1-3:30 p.m.

As part of the daylong event, the public is invited at no charge to an orchid sale from noon to 4 p.m. in the Japanese Garden courtyard. The workshops are $50 each and include a continental breakfast or afternoon snack. The cost is $40 for Friends of the Japanese Garden members.

Vergil Hettick, garden curator and an international koi show judge, will provide information regarding pond construction and maintenance, as well as koi care and disease control. The workshop will include a tour behind the scenes of the garden to learn about the systems that keep the fish and pond in premium condition. Publications on filter systems and koi care are included.

“Koi fish make outstanding pets and from an aesthetic viewpoint provide movement and color to any size garden landscape,” said Alison Redfoot, the garden’s education coordinator.

A team of Japanese experts from the Gardena Bonsai Club will pass on their techniques learned over a lifetime at the bonsai workshop. Attendees will learn how to create and care for their own bonsai in this hands-on class. The cost includes a plant, pot and instruction booklet.

“The creation and care of bonsai is a popular hobby in Japan and America. The effort and daily care that they extract from their caretakers is repaid by the beauty these living jewels bring to their creators and, in many cases, generations to come,” Redfoot noted.

Members of the Gardena Cymbidium Club will teach the general care and repotting techniques of orchids. Workshop attendees will receive an orchid plant, pot and instruction booklet.

“This workshop will inform the participant of valuable information needed to grow any kind of orchid,” said Redfoot. “The hands-on portion of the class will provide participants with the confidence required to fertilize and divide cymbidiums, in order to promote annual flowering.”

Preregistration is required to attend a workshop. Participants are asked to bring their own pruning shears to the bonsai and orchid workshops. For more information and to register, call 562/985-8420.