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The Art of Care

  • Mac Dental Care 1927 Northeast Baker Street McMinnville, OR, 97128 United States (map)

Dr. Adam Diesburg D.D.S., a local dentist, is celebrating five years of practicing the art of care for patient in Yamhill County. To mark the occasion, his practice at 1927 NE Baker Street in McMinnville will hold an all-day, open-to-the-public exhibition of 12 bonsai trees, with a reception happening from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2017.

“Ever since I was a child I have been drawn to caring for living beings,” Dr. Diesburg said. “We are throwing this party because we wanted to give back to the people who have entrusted us with their care, and to do it in a fun way.”

The exhibition, called “The Art of Care,” focuses on 12 tiny bonsai trees, styled using traditional Japanese and Chinese techniques. “Bonsai,” which literally means “plant in pot,” or “tray planting,” is a 1,000+ year-old practice of cultivating smaller, artistically styled versions of trees. Dr. Diesburg regularly shares these trees with patients in his waiting room.

Each tree in the show comes with its own story: its place of origin, its species, its story of training into a bonsai. While some of the trees are young, some are several decades old. All are from Dr. Diesburg’s personal collection of over 100 trees, which he styles himself.

“I see a strong connection between caring for these trees and the work I do as a dentist,” Dr. Diesburg said. “If you do bonsai correctly, you can actually extend the life of a tree. I truly believe that being a partner in my patient’s health extends their lives, and their quality of life.”

The “Art of Care” exhibition will be open to the public Saturday, February 25 from 9-6 p.m., with a reception happening from 4-6 p.m. All are welcome. If you’d like to bring children, please talk to them ahead of time about not physically touching the trees.

About Dr. Diesburg:

Dr. Adam Diesburg DDS studied art at Iowa State University before receiving his dental degree from the University of Iowa. He lives in McMinnville with his wife, local writer Emily Grosvenor, and two boys, 4 and 7, and speaks regularly to school groups about how to care for their teeth and gums. 


Emily Grosvenor emilygrosvenor@gmail.com319-331-8785