AE21 Bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum: More Than Meets the Eye [Apr 29]

Bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum: More Than Meets the Eye

Program 4: "Red Maple for Bonsai"

Arthur Joura, Arboretum Bonsai Curator

ONLINE* Next Program: Thursday, April 29; 4 to 5 p.m.


Remaining Programs in the series: May 27 and June 24


Package of five sessions: $25 Member | $50 Non-member*

*Series is still available, including links to videos of all previous programs


Per session: $5 Member | $10 Non-member

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Bonsai is a much favored feature of the Arboretum's identity, and not without reason. Visitors to the Bonsai Exhibition Garden marvel at the miniature trees and landscapes on display. The small scale of bonsai is certainly a key ingredient in the attention they attract, but at the Arboretum there is another, less obvious, element of interest, and it is hiding in plain sight. 

Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura presents an in-depth look at bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum in this series of monthly online talks for Adult Education Programs. As always, we can expect Joura’s views on the subject to be thought provoking and beautifully illustrated with his own photographs.

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) is among the most common trees native to eastern North America. Almost all maples are suitable for bonsai use, yet our abundant, attractive, thoroughly American red maple is only rarely seen in public or private bonsai collections. The exception to that rule, not surprisingly, can be found at The North Carolina Arboretum. Arboretum curator Arthur Joura has spent twenty five years exploring the possibilities of red maple for bonsai use. Along the way he's developed cultivation techniques for producing quality specimens from this sometimes challenging species, while simultaneously advancing the "locally grown" flavor of the Arboretum's bonsai brand. Native plant appreciation, regional identification, intensive horticulture, and an expanded vision of bonsai are all illuminated in this program, when the spotlight is focused on red maple - a beautiful tree every nature lover should know.

*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be sent by email the day prior to the class. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of each session will be made available to registered participants for a limited period to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts.


Arthur Joura has been the Bonsai Curator at The North Carolina Arboretum, in Asheville, N.C., since the inception of the bonsai program in 1992. Joura has studied bonsai with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the United States, and was received as an official student to the Nippon Bonsai Association in Japan. He has taught extensively in the eastern U.S. and has been featured in numerous publications for his work with the Arboretum’s bonsai collection. In his curation of the Arboretum’s bonsai program, Joura constantly seeks to forge connections between the art of bonsai and the Arboretum’s mission to promote appreciation of the flora and culture of the Southern Appalachians.


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