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.
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.
Supported in partnership by:
National Bonsai Foundation
U.S. National Arboretum
National Symphony Orchestra
The Kennedy Center
This exhibit presents objects originally collected and appreciated by the scholar class—the literati—of China and Japan. They include desk objects, tea utensils, root art, suiseki, and scholar’s rocks from the personal collections of members of the Potomac Viewing Stone Group.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.