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May 2018

Bonsai Basics with Junipers

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum – Lecture Demonstration Center
$135

Bonsai are decorative miniature trees and shrubs that grow and thrive as living art. With the right care, families can pass their bonsai down through generations. Begin your own bonsai story with this one-day class designed for the novice. Learn the horticultural, aesthetic, and cultural elements of bonsai and then apply your new knowledge during the hands-on workshop. All necessary materials, including a juniper tree, pot, soil, and wire are provided. Some tools will be available. Please bring tools if…

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World Bonsai Day

May 12
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is pleased to participate in the 8th 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. Whether you're new to bonsai, a seasoned professional, or just curious about these living works of art, World Bonsai…

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Satsuki Bonsai: Azaleas of Old Japan

May 27 - June 3
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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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. Satsuki azaleas have been favorite plant material for bonsai for centuries. They have good branching structure and are naturally small in size. The wide variety of colors and patterns in the blossoms attracts many enthusiasts. Long after your other azaleas have dropped their blooms,…

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Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees

May 31 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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$35

Many of us can attest to the calming and therapeutic qualities of taking a walk in the woods. But when was the last time you fully immersed all of your senses in nature? Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” has been practiced in Japan for decades as a public health initiative. As the practice gains popularity in the U.S., we are thrilled to be introducing a one-of-a-kind “bonsai bathing” program this May. Join certified nature and forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley for…

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June 2018

Potomac Bonsai Association Festival

June 8 @ 8:00 am - June 10 @ 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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Co-sponsored by the Potomac Bonsai Association (PBA), the National Bonsai Foundation, 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 bonsai will be on view in the Special Exhibits Wing of the museum. Free demonstrations will be given by PBA members. There will also be fee-based workshops.

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Drawing on Bonsai: Sketching in the National Collection

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$45

If you’ve visited the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, you’ve likely been unable to resist the urge to snap a photo or two (or 10). Now, you have the chance to create your own image from scratch – step away from your lens and capture the delicate branches, sweeping silhouettes, and vibrant colors of a bonsai with pencil and paper. We are delighted to present “Drawing on Bonsai: Sketching in the National Collection” with instructor Tina Thieme Brown, a botanical…

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Summer Yoga Series

June 16 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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$12

Yoga at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is back for summer 2018. Join us in June and July for a series of early morning yoga classes among the nation's most beloved bonsai collection. Between work, classes, families, and social schedules, we often forget how therapeutic it is to spend time in nature. Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Kate MacDonnell. In Kate’s class, you will work towards calming the mind through various practices including…

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Summer Yoga Series

June 23 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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$12

Yoga at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is back for summer 2018. Join us in June and July for a series of early morning yoga classes among the nation's most beloved bonsai collection. Between work, classes, families, and social schedules, we often forget how therapeutic it is to spend time in nature. Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Kate MacDonnell. In Kate’s class, you will work towards calming the mind through various practices including…

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July 2018

Summer Yoga Series

July 7 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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$12

Yoga at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is back for summer 2018. Join us in June and July for a series of early morning yoga classes among the nation's most beloved bonsai collection. Between work, classes, families, and social schedules, we often forget how therapeutic it is to spend time in nature. Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Kate MacDonnell. In Kate’s class, you will work towards calming the mind through various practices including…

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Summer Yoga Series

July 21 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Avenue N.E.
Washington D.C., 20002 United States
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$12

Yoga at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is back for summer 2018. Join us in June and July for a series of early morning yoga classes among the nation's most beloved bonsai collection. Between work, classes, families, and social schedules, we often forget how therapeutic it is to spend time in nature. Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Kate MacDonnell. In Kate’s class, you will work towards calming the mind through various practices including…

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