25 Feb Junior Bonsai Warrior
Fun for Kids
One of the things I did was a scavenger hunt. It was a fun little way to see all the exhibits. You had to look for coconuts in each exhibit and write down how many there were. If you do the scavenger hunt, don’t be expecting a big prize.
Tools for Kids…and Grownups
Since my birthday is coming up, my mom bought me a hoe, which is a handmade tool by this one guy (Tuli Fisher of Fisher Blacksmithing) It’s used for digging holes and weeding. That way, I can weed my mom’s garden, which is probably why she bought it for me.
My favorite exhibit was the bonsai exhibit (Puget Sound Bonsai Association) where they had bonsai trees. My favorite bonsai tree was the yew tree. I like bonsai trees because they’re miniature little trees and I learned that you can customize them. If you put wires on them and bend the wires up, the branches will grow that way. They take a lot of work to maintain and grow.
I saw a bonsai tree that looked about 7 inches tall. The guy who owned it said it took him about 30 years to get it that big. I’m going to look into bonsai trees now. That way, by the time I’m 47, I could have a cool little bonsai tree. I think it’s a cool project that I could do for myself, and something to be proud of.
At one of the stores there was a miniature garden meant for bonsai trees (Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center). They had little pots and miniature benches. It scaled down all the stuff for bonsai trees; that way, it would look neat. I’d probably get a bench and a really cool pot to go with my bonsai tree.
Overall, I think the Flower & Garden Show was one of the funnest things I have ever done.
About the columnist: Josh Christianson is a 6th grader in Snohomish. He plans to be an architect when he grows up…and hopefully, a bonsai expert, too.