The Richmond Garden Club of the Blue Grass District welcomed Matt Hensley as the guest speaker at the club’s July monthly meeting.

Hensley gave an overview to garden club members of the complex art of Bonsai in a lesson titled “Bonsai Trees 101.”

Originally from the traditional Chinese art form of penjing, it is commonly known as the Japanese art of growing and training miniature trees in pots.

An eighth-grade math and science teacher at B. Michael Caudill Middle School, Hensley said it was crucial to know the tree species you are trying to grow, and instructed members on the basics of cutting the branches for the desired design.

Hensley’s passion for the subject was obvious as he displayed an array of bonsai trees he is currently growing.

Following his presentation, garden club member Lolly Rist demonstrated the Ikebana floral arranging technique.

The meeting was held at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service with co-hostesses Angie Wright and Carol Dennhardt.

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