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

World Bonsai Day (w/ Michael Hagedorn)

Michael Hagedorn

Michael Hagedorn

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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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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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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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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Falling into Winter: Viewing Stone Exhibit
Oct
20
to Jan 27

Falling into Winter: Viewing Stone Exhibit

Falling into Winter

October 20, 2018 – January 27, 2019

This exhibit presents stones in thematic groupings to evoke the change of seasons from early fall to late winter—complementing our fall and winter bonsai exhibits. The stones are on loan from the Jim & Alice Kikue Greaves Collection, American Viewing Stone Resource Center at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens.

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