Photos of Recent Exhibits


Year of the Rabbit
A New Year Stone Exhibit

Hop into the Year of the Rabbit with an auspicious visit to the Bonsai Museum. See how many rabbits you can find among the viewing stones! This special exhibit celebrates the transition from winter to spring that Asian cultures traditionally considered the beginning of a new year.

January 29 - March 27, 2011


Autumn Arts of Nature
Bonsai with leaves of fiery hues, stones with patterns of chrysanthemum flowers, small plantings of autumn grasses—each of these objects alone can suggest autumn.  Yet, when they are arranged into artistic groupings or accented with artwork, our poetic response is intensified. In the Autumn Arts of Nature, we are celebrating the beauty of autumn.

September 26 – November 29, 2009

  Becoming A Bonsai
How do they do that?
by Aarin Packard
As the Assistant Curator of Collections at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum I get asked this question a lot. Please join me, as I show you how to transform a crapemyrtle, previously used for genetic research at the Arboretum, into a bonsai.

July 4 – August 31
  Suiseki From The Keystone State
The stones featured in this exhibit were all collected in Pennsylvania—the Keystone State.
They have been discovered, appreciated, and presented as works of art by noted collectors of suiseki, Jim Hayes and Sean Smith. Suiseki refers to an old Japanese art form where small, naturally shaped stones are viewed as miniature landscape scenes or objects from nature.

February 28 – March 29

Beyond the Black Mountain
Color, Pattern and Form in American Viewing Stones
September 4 – October 13, 2008

Selections From the James and Alice Greaves Collection


  Spring Kusamono Exhibit
May 10 - 18, 2008

Kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays. This exhibit features plant compositions designed by Young Choe.

Korean Viewing Stones Exhibition
February 7 - March 5, 2008

For centuries, people in Asia have contemplated natural stones for creative inspiration and meditation.

Large stones were incorporated into gardens to suggest distant landscape features. Smaller viewing stones, prized as natural artwork, were displayed inside on carved wood stands or in shallow basins filled with water or sand.

  Chrysanthemum Moon Exhibit
September 21 - October 22 2007

The flowers frozen in these stones may appear to be fossilized chrysanthemums, but in fact, they are natural crystal formations. Over 250 million years ago, these crystals “grew” into three-dimensional, radiating shapes within the sedimentary mud on the bottom of a shallow ocean shelf.

  Bowie Bonsai Club Exhibit
September 8-16, 2007

Trees from the collections of Bowie Bonsai Club members.


The Art of Kusamono

July 14-22, 2007

Kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays. This exhibit features plant compositions designed by Young Choe and containers created by ceramic artists Ron Lang and his wife, Sharon Edwards-Russell.



Art in Bloom: Ikebana Arrangements
June 25- July 1, 2007

This exhibit features arrangements by members of the Japanese Embassy Sogetsu Group. It was curated by Sensei Sachiko Furlan.

Northern Virginia Bonsai Society
June 16-24, 2007

Trees from the collections of Northern Virginia Bonsai Society of the Potomac Bonsai Association members.


Reflections of Nature

May 12-20, 2007

Nature has always served as a source of artistic inspiration.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the art of bonsai.  Through bonsai, an entire forest can be grown in the confines of a ceramic pot, or a mighty tree held in the palm of your hand.



Satsuki Azalea Bonsai

May 26-June 10, 2007

Would you be upset if your white azalea produced a few red flowers? In bonsai, unexpected flower colors are prized as reminders of nature’s unpredictability. Satsuki azaleas are a native Japanese azalea, Rhododendron indicum, which carries unstable color genes.


Bonsai Invitational Exhibit Featuring Three Local Artists
April 28- May 6, 2007

The trees in this exhibition are from the private collections of local bonsai artists Janet Lanman, Jack Cardon, and Bill Orsinger. These three individuals have shared their knowledge of bonsai by volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum for a  combined total of 66 years. You will find their individual stories in the left column. This exhibition celebrates their love of bonsai and dedication to our national Museum.

Lunar New Year Exhibit
February 17- March 4, 2007

According to the old Chinese lunar calendar, the celebration of the New Year starts on the first day of the new moon and ends with the Lantern Festival fourteen days later at the time of the first full moon.

Mountain Stones Exhibit
January/February 2007

Winter Silhouettes

Viewing Stone Exhibits


Fall Foliage Exhibit
October 2005

Ikebana International Spring Show

May 2005

Chrysanthemum Exhibit
October 2004

Potomac Viewing Stone Group Exhibit

“Viewing Stone” is a modern term embracing several traditional Asian art forms where unusual stones, ideally shaped by natural forces, are selected because they represent “microcosms” – worlds in miniature – or capture the essence of the Earth’s life-energies.


Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibit

Sogetsu ikebana style is deeply rooted in Japanese tradition yet it embraces the modern age.

Sogetsu promotes an ikebana of no limits in which plant materials of any type are used to create sculptural compositions.



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