Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

All scheduled upcoming workshops are sold out at this time. Please add your name to our waiting list and we will inform you when/if we schedule another session. Thanks!

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Twisted Genius: The Eccentric Bonsai Artistry of Nick Lenz
Oct
26
to Nov 17

Twisted Genius: The Eccentric Bonsai Artistry of Nick Lenz

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Visit the National Bonsai Museum for a delightful Halloween treat—an exhibit of bonsai creations with whimsical creatures, playful pots, and spooky trees. Nick Lenz is a well-known, provocative bonsai artist and pioneer in styling trees he collected over 40 years from the northern forests and landscapes of the United States and Canada. Bringing together works from more than a dozen private collections and three botanical institutions, this exhibition of bonsai and ceramics highlights well-known themes in the Nick Lenz oeuvre, including whimsy, drama, and wilderness.

Free and open to the public.


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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of tiny trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Mindfulness Amongst the Bonsai with Linda Naini of IMCW
Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Mindfulness Amongst the Bonsai with Linda Naini of IMCW

Slow down, awaken your senses, and come home to your body, breath, heart, and the natural world around you through heart centered mindfulness meditation practices. This class, co-sponsored by the National Bonsai Foundation and Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), will include guided sitting, standing, and walking meditations, mindful sharing and exploration among the nation’s premier bonsai collection of The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum. Newcomers to meditation and longtime practitioners are welcome. This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Linda Naini is an Insight Meditation Community of Washington Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She has practiced mindfulness meditation since 2009, and began teaching in 2013. She loves creating and offering fun, effective, and focused programs for individuals and groups that combine research-proven techniques with ancient traditions from around the world.

Session Schedule:

9-10:30: Mindfulness meditation teachings and practices for the Spring Season with Linda Naini.

10:30-11:00: Private tour of the collection with Museum Staff (optional).

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Children’s Workshop: Will It Be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

Children’s Workshop: Will It Be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?

Children’s Workshop: Will It Be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?

An adult-child activity

Every tree seedling has its fate, and in this children's workshop, you can learn how that fate is determined. One adult and one child will have a special day together as they work as lab partners, using their “scientist eyes” to observe details and make comparisons. We’ll learn about plant physiology, ecosystems and bonsai history, too. At the close of class, each research team will receive a seedling whose fate they will decide. Will your tree go through the rigorous training to become a bonsai or will you plant it outdoors in spring to grow up wild, big and free?

Where:  U.S. National Arboretum – Meet at Yoshimura Lecture and Demonstration Center

Age Recommendation: This activity is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Fee: $25 per child-adult pair. Registration required. Limited to 12 pairs.

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Yoga Amongst the Bonsai
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of tiny trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Yoga Amongst the Bonsai
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

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Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown

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Capture the delicate branches, sweeping silhouettes, and verdant green colors in bonsai, under the guidance of artist, Tina Thieme Brown.  

The National Bonsai Foundation is delighted to present “Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown, a botanical artist and instructor who specializes in illustrating the landscape, flora and fauna of the greater D.C. area.

In this three-hour workshop, Tina will guide participants through the steps and techniques necessary to create an image of bonsai and the Japanese Stroll Garden in a sketchbook. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with some of the most historic bonsai in the world, and to take a small part of them home with you.

We welcome artists of any skill level to participate in this class. Supplies will not be provided. A suggested supply list is below:

  • Sketchbook with 65lb or heavier drawing paper (ink and pencil compatible)

  • Pen: black, .01 nib size

  • Pencils: Hb, 2b, 4b

  • color pencils in a variety of greens, yellows, blues, reds and oranges

  • pencil sharpener

  • white vinyl eraser

  • brush for sweeping away pencil erasures

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of tiny trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

 
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Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees

Join National Bonsai & Penjing Museum for an introductory level class on Bonsai basics with Tropical Trees. If you're looking to get started in this ancient art form or learn new skills from a master, this class is perfect for you. All classes will run from 10am until 3pm and will include a lecture and tour before lunch with hands-on repotting and wiring demonstrations after lunch. Tools, trees and equipment will be provided. Participants should bring their own lunches to enjoy amongst the world's first an finest collection of bonsai. Led by Museum staff and volunteers.

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Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees

Join National Bonsai & Penjing Museum for an introductory level class on Bonsai basics with Tropical Trees. If you're looking to get started in this ancient art form or learn new skills from a master, this class is perfect for you. All classes will run from 10am until 3pm and will include a lecture and tour before lunch with hands-on repotting and wiring demonstrations after lunch. Tools, trees and equipment will be provided. Participants should bring their own lunches to enjoy amongst the world's first an finest collection of bonsai. Led by Museum staff and volunteers.

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Japanese Master Takahiro Mori Garden Juniper Demonstration
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Japanese Master Takahiro Mori Garden Juniper Demonstration

The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum would like to welcome everyone to a free bonsai demonstration with Japanese Master Takahiro Mori. Mori will be using a Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens), which was collected in 2014 from the National Herb Garden, to train into a Bonsai. The demonstration will take place at the National Arboretum’s Visitor Center Auditorium.

Takahiro Mori operates a bonsai nursery Northeast of Saitama City, Japan. He apprenticed under Koji Tsukahara at Kousyou-En nursery and worked to train the bonsai collection at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama from 2009- 2013. Learn more about Takahiro Mori and view some of his bonsai art visit his website here.

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Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees

Join National Bonsai & Penjing Museum for an introductory level class on Bonsai basics with Tropical Trees. If you're looking to get started in this ancient art form or learn new skills from a master, this class is perfect for you. All classes will run from 10am until 3pm and will include a lecture and tour before lunch with hands-on repotting and wiring demonstrations after lunch. Tools, trees and equipment will be provided. Participants should bring their own lunches to enjoy amongst the world's first an finest collection of bonsai. Led by Museum staff and volunteers.

Tickets will go on sale soon. If you’d like to be told when tickets will be available, please fill out the short form below. Class space is limited and priority will be given to those who fill out this form below. Thanks!

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Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Bonsai Basics with Tropical Trees

Join National Bonsai & Penjing Museum for an introductory level class on Bonsai basics with Tropical Trees. If you're looking to get started in this ancient art form or learn new skills from a master, this class is perfect for you. All classes will run from 10am until 3pm and will include a lecture and tour before lunch with hands-on repotting and wiring demonstrations after lunch. Tools, trees and equipment will be provided. Participants should bring their own lunches to enjoy amongst the world's first an finest collection of bonsai. Led by Museum staff and volunteers.


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Yoga Amongst the Bonsai
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

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Mindfulness Amongst the Bonsai with Linda Naini of IMCW
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mindfulness Amongst the Bonsai with Linda Naini of IMCW

Slow down, awaken your senses, and come home to your body, breath, heart, and the natural world around you through heart centered mindfulness meditation practices. This class, co-sponsored by the National Bonsai Foundation and Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), will include guided sitting, standing, and walking meditations, mindful sharing and exploration among the nation’s premier bonsai collection of The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum. Newcomers to meditation and longtime practitioners are welcome. This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Linda Naini is an Insight Meditation Community of Washington Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She has practiced mindfulness meditation since 2009, and began teaching in 2013. She loves creating and offering fun, effective, and focused programs for individuals and groups that combine research-proven techniques with ancient traditions from around the world.

Session Schedule:

9-10:30: Mindfulness meditation teachings and practices for the Spring Season with Linda Naini.

10:30-11:00: Private tour of the collection with Erin Holden, Museum Gardener.

This class is being offered April 14th and June 9th. Click button below to register for either.

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National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

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National Symphony musicians Hanna Lee and Jing Qiao (violin), Eric deWaardt (viola), and Loewi Lin (cello) perform an outdoor chamber concert at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. Join us in the Museum’s courtyard for a program inspired by Bonsai, nature, spring, and Chinese and Japanese culture.

This event is FREE, but advance reservations are suggested. Please fill out the form below.

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Supported in partnership by:

National Bonsai Foundation

U.S. National Arboretum

National Symphony Orchestra

The Kennedy Center

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Bonsai Bling: Azalea Bonsai in Bloom
May
25
to Jun 2

Bonsai Bling: Azalea Bonsai in Bloom

In Japan, it is said that the beauty of an azalea bonsai in bloom is like the beauty of a courtesan dressed in her finest brocade kimono. Breathtaking blossoms cover these late-blooming Satsuki azaleas, miniature in form, but covered with full-sized flowers. This annual spring exhibit showcases the most spectacular examples.

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Yoga Amongst the Bonsai
May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

This event is being offered on April 20th, May 25th, and June 22nd. You can register for any/all of those dates at the button below.

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May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown

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Capture the delicate branches, sweeping silhouettes, and verdant green colors in bonsai, under the guidance of artist, Tina Thieme Brown.  

The National Bonsai Foundation is delighted to present “Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown, a botanical artist and instructor who specializes in illustrating the landscape, flora and fauna of the greater D.C. area.

In this three-hour workshop, Tina will guide participants through the steps and techniques necessary to create an image of bonsai and the Japanese Stroll Garden in a sketchbook. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with some of the most historic bonsai in the world, and to take a small part of them home with you.

We welcome artists of any skill level to participate in this class. Supplies will not be provided. A suggested supply list is below:

  • Sketchbook with 65lb or heavier drawing paper (ink and pencil compatible)

  • Pen: black, .01 nib size

  • Pencils: Hb, 2b, 4b

  • color pencils in a variety of greens, yellows, blues, reds and oranges

  • pencil sharpener

  • white vinyl eraser

  • brush for sweeping away pencil erasures

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World Bonsai Day (w/ Michael Hagedorn)
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

World Bonsai Day (w/ Michael Hagedorn)

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The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is pleased to participate in the 9th Annual World Bonsai Day, created by the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF). This event honors the memory of Mr. Saburo Kato, a bonsai master and founder of WBFF, who believed that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace. Come and enjoy the museum and a bonsai demonstration.

This year, a very special guest, Michael Hagedorn, will be in town from Oregon and will do a bonsai demonstration.

Schedule for the Day:

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Michael Hagedorn presentation “Bonsai Myths” | Auditorium

  • 1:00pm- 3:00pm: Michael Hagedorn bonsai demonstration “Bonsai Post-growth Management” | Auditorium

  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: Book signing “Post Dated: The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk” by Michael Hagedorn | Visitor Center Lobby

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of small trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

Class will be offered on April 7th, May 5th, and June 2nd. Click button below to register for any/all.

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PBA Bonsai Festival
May
3
to May 5

PBA Bonsai Festival

Co-sponsored by the Potomac Bonsai Association (PBA) and the U.S. National Arboretum, this event features a show of PBA member trees and vendors selling bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, accents and supplies. A juried exhibit of PBA bonsai will be on view in the museum. Free demonstrations will be given by PBA members. There will also be fee-based workshops.

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Yoga Amongst the Bonsai
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

This event is being offered on April 20th, May 25th, and June 22nd. You can register for any/all of those dates at the button below.

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Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Apr
18
8:30 AM08:30

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

This class is being offered on April 18th, May 2nd and October 3rd. You can register for either or all by clicking the button below.

Read an interview we did with Melanie on our blog to learn more about this special experience.

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Mindfulness Amongst the Bonsai with Linda Naini of IMCW
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Mindfulness Amongst the Bonsai with Linda Naini of IMCW

Slow down, awaken your senses, and come home to your body, breath, heart, and the natural world around you through heart centered mindfulness meditation practices. This class, co-sponsored by the National Bonsai Foundation and Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), will include guided sitting, standing, and walking meditations, mindful sharing and exploration among the nation’s premier bonsai collection of The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum. Newcomers to meditation and longtime practitioners are welcome. This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Linda Naini is an Insight Meditation Community of Washington Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She has practiced mindfulness meditation since 2009, and began teaching in 2013. She loves creating and offering fun, effective, and focused programs for individuals and groups that combine research-proven techniques with ancient traditions from around the world.

Session Schedule:

9-10:30: Mindfulness meditation teachings and practices for the Spring Season with Linda Naini.

10:30-11:00: Private tour of the collection with Erin Holden, Museum Gardener.

This class is being offered April 14th and June 9th. Click button below to register for either.

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Ikebana International Exhibit
Apr
12
to Apr 22

Ikebana International Exhibit

Enjoy spring flowers with a Japanese twist! The Washington D.C. Chapter of Ikebana International will exhibit flower arrangements representing a variety of ikebana schools and styles. There will be a change-out of the exhibits on April 16 and 19, so plan return visits to see everything. Master teachers will give free ikebana demonstrations in the Bonsai Museum Lecture/Demonstration Center on April 13, 14, 20, and 21.

New Arrangements: April 11, 16, 19

Ikebana demonstrations: April 13, 14, 20, 21

Exhibit and demos are free and open to the public.

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of small trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

Class will be offered on April 7th, May 5th, and June 2nd. Click button below to register for any/all.

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Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey
Feb
16
to Apr 7

Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey

Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey

February 16 – April 7, 2019

As he followed the blossoming cherry trees from south to north in Japan, landscape architect Ron Henderson recorded his experience in folding sketchbooks called orihon. His work celebrates the cherry blossom culture in Japan, highlighting his pilgrimages to visit famous old trees. But, he also focuses on the horticultural practices that extend the lives of cherry trees in Japan, illustrating pruning techniques, branch crutches, rope tenting, and root grafting. This exhibition of Henderson’s books inspires awe for the trees as well as for the unique manner in which one man documented his journey.

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Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss
Feb
9
8:00 AM08:00

Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss

Learn bonsai photography from a master. World-renowned photographer, Stephen Voss, will lead a photography class through an award-winning bonsai collection. The class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the National Arboretum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera.

Participants can register for the class to include a signed copy of Stephen Voss's critically-acclaimed In Training: A Bonsai Photo Book. 

What you'll need to bring:

SLR camera (preferably) with any lenses you have

Tripod (if available)

Notebook and pen

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Photographing Bonsai: A Class with Stephen Voss
Jan
12
8:00 AM08:00

Photographing Bonsai: A Class with Stephen Voss


World-renowned photographer Stephen Voss will lead a series of photography classes through the seasons. The two-hour class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera. Students may register for full series or individual classes. Curriculum is not serial.

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Nov
3
to Nov 11

Beautiful Transitions: Autumn Bonsai Exhibit

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Beautiful Transitions: Autumn Bonsai Exhibit:

This annual show is one of the most popular seasonal exhibits of the year. No need to go all the way to Skyline Drive in Virginia to enjoy beautiful fall colors. See red maples, yellow ginkgos and fruited trees in the Museum’s permanent bonsai collection pavilions. The Special Exhibits Wing features select trees during their peak colors.

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