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An Introduction to Japanese Display Styles

Most people are familiar with bonsai planting but not so much the other auxiliary display styles associated with bonsai display. In this seminar, Swanson’s Perennial Buyer, Alex LaVilla, will present a brief survey of the other miniature planting styles popular in Japan such as kokedama, kusamono, shitakusa and nearai.

Note: This is an introductory, lecture-style seminar. If there is interest, Alex is willing to conduct hands-on workshops in individual styles at a later date this summer, during which customers would be able to build their own container displays. If you are interested, please let Alex know after the seminar or email, attention: Aimée. Thank you!

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