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4th Annual Bonsai Ball

Heathcote Botanical Gardens hosted its Fourth Annual Bonsai Ball on March 29th. The event proved both entertaining and profitable, as staff report proceeds of approximately $28,700.00 and gross income of $42,900.00. Costs were kept low with generous sponsors and donors. Funds raised will support the James J. Smith Bonsai Gallery and the Gardens as a whole.

Rain drops forced all of the activities to be scheduled under the Asian themed “big top” and certainly didn’t dampen spirits. The Fusha Taiko Drummers added to the “Year of the Horse” theme as they displayed their rhythmic talents and traditional clothing. Auctioneer Reed Hartman kept the bidding paddles moving through many interesting and unique items and ended the evening with great fun, selling a flock of 30 fancy Flamingoes, hand painted by artist Doug Macon, to eager folks under the tent.

Cris Adams, President of the Board of Trustees for Heathcote, noted, “ The enthusiasm and generosity of the whole community created our success with this event. We thank everyone who helped to make this evening special.

Bonsai Master James J. Smith donated 100 tropical bonsai to Heathcote Botanical Gardens in 2009. This exhibit, the largest public collection of tropical bonsai in the United States, is a magnet for new visitors to Heathcote.

Robin Goldman
Fundraiser/Event Coordinator
Email: rgoldman (at)