Since our founding, we have received high praise by museum critics, media and visitors alike. We invite you to browse our media coverage below.


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The trace of human hands start to disappear the more you get into the depth of the garden.
— Faye Harwell

The bonsai that survived Hiroshima
— The Washington Post
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Washington City Paper

In 2018, we were named “The Best Place to Take an Out of Towner,” and one of the “Best Museums Off the Mall,” by Washington City Paper Reader’s Poll.

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You don’t have to travel to Skyline Drive in Virginia to see a parade of fall colors...
— The Washington Post
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Places like (this) are a stunning reminder of how lucky we are to live in a city like this.
— Brightest Young Things

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2016 and earlier:

Bonsai masters: The ancient secrets behind their centuries-old trees (CNN, 2016)

NPR Live on Facebook – Autumn Bonsai (NPR, 2016)

War Veteran Spreads Peace Through Bonsai (KITV, 2016)

NPR Live on Facebook with the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (NPR, 2016)

Bonsai Tree Aids Japanese and American Relations (CBS, 2016)

Landscape Architect Honored for Design Work at U.S. National Arboretum (Total Landscape Care, 2016)

A Guide to the Must-See Artworks in D.C. (Washington Post, 2016)

Bonsai Tree that Survived Hiroshima Now in Washington (WCVB Boston, 2015)

This Bonsai Survived Hiroshima But Its Story Was Nearly Lost (National Geographic, 2015)

The 390-Year-Old Tree That Survived the Bombing of Hiroshima (Smithsonian Magazine, 2015)

This 390-year-old bonsai tree survived an atomic bomb, and no one knew until 2001 (Washington Post, 2015)

At the National Arboretum, topiary writ small (Washington Post, 2015)

National Arboretum Now Open All Week (NBC Washington, 2015)

Sure, bring the kids! Try these family-friendly activities in D.C. (Washington Post, 2015)

Washington’s flowers are blooming, if you know where to look (Washington Post, 2015)

Eaglets believed to have hatched at National Arboretum in DC (Washington Post, 2015)

Will Plants Save This DC Institution? (BisNow, 2014)

Bonsai Trees Changing Colors at the National Arboretum (MyFox DC, 2013)

Finding Balance with Bonsai Trees (Huffington Post, 2012)

D.C. Gigs: The Bonsai Curator (WAMU, 2012)

Closer Inspection: Bonsai trees at the National Arboretum (Washington Post, 2011)

A treasure of D.C.’s spring at risk at the arboretum (Washington Post, 2010)

Going Out Guide: National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (Washington Post, 2009)

Potomac Bonsai Festival News (Youtube, 2009)

Seeing Fall Foliage Close to Home (Washington Post, 2009)

Our events have been mentioned in:

Washington Blade

Brightest Young Things


Washington Post