It takes years to cultivate a bonsai tree from a cutting into a tiny, gnarled specimen of beauty. And to celebrate this dedication, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is throwing a fabulous opening party on Friday, February 11 for its exhibition, Graceful Perseverance , which showcases over 30 glorious bonsai trees in its collection.
The Japanese-themed party takes place within the romantic Palm House, where guests will be dine on a four-course meal of small plates by Chef Makoto Suzuki, and Phillip Gilmour co-owners of some of the most inspired Japanese restaurants in New York: Bozu in Williamsburg and Bushwick’s Momo Sushi Shack. Each course will be paired with a premium sake selected by sake expert Hiromi Iuchi (including Chiyomusubi, Kaori, and Suijin). An open sake bar and nibbles will follow the meal.
The party is also a feast for the creative spirit. Julian Velasco, BBG’s bonsai curator, will speak on the art of bonsai and the design of the exhibit. Renowned choreographer Momo Suzuki will present a short program of traditional dance with the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York. And to cap off the evening, DJ Saiko Mikan will spin the buoyant sounds of late sixties Japanese rock.