AE21 Bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum: More Than Meets the Eye [Jan 28]

This event is no longer on sale.

Thursday January 28

4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM


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

ONLINE* Thursday, January 28; 4 to 5 p.m.

Instructor: Arthur Joura

Free | Suggested Donation $10


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 a new six-part series of online talks for Adult Education Programs. In the first installment, set for Thursday, January 28, at 4 p.m., Joura highlights exactly what makes our bonsai unique from any other public display to be found through a talk colorfully illustrated with a pleasing selection of popular specimens in our collection. If you are among the many who are enchanted by what you see in the Arboretum's bonsai garden, you will want to experience this revealing glimpse of the philosophical foundation upon which our bonsai program is built. Join us in the coming months when Joura and special guests help us see “More Than Meets the Eye.” 

Click here for more information and to register for additional sessions in the series: Thursdays, February 25, March 25, April 29, May 27 & June 24; 4 to 5 p.m.

*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session to review and provide access to those with scheduling conflicts.


Arthur Joura has been the bonsai Curator at The North Carolina Arboretum, in Asheville, NC, 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.


Arboretum Members: Please sign in above in the top right-hand corner before adding classes to your shopping cart. Your member discount will be applied on the checkout pageClick here for membership discount instructions. To become an Arboretum Member and receive discounts on all classes, go to our Membership page. 

Additional donations are always welcome and appreciated. Proceeds from donations go to support intergenerational education at the North Carolina Arboretum.