AE22 The Arboretum's Bonsai Exhibition Garden in Spring: Curator's Talk and Tour

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Tuesday May 17

5:00 PM  –  6:30 PM

 The Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden in Spring: Curator’s Talk and Tour

ONSITE*  Tuesday, May 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Instructor: Arthur Joura

$17 Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

Only registered attendees will be admitted for this special after-hours program. 


Established in October 2005, the Bonsai Exhibition Garden is a signature feature of the Arboretum and a unique environment displaying up to 50 specimens at a time. Of particular importance are the plants native to the Blue Ridge, including American hornbeam, red maple and eastern white pine, which bring the thousand-year tradition of bonsai home to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Join this after-hours tour of the garden with the bonsai curator for a personal and informative overview of the art of bonsai and the Arboretum's own creative approach. Foliage is at its freshest at this time of year, and flowers will likely be blooming in the garden landscape and on select bonsai. 

Check out The Curator's Journal, a year-long online course offering the ultimate insider’s view of bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum.

Subscribe at any time during the year to this asynchronous course and gain exclusive access to course content. Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura provides weekly journal entries and images that document the history of the Arboretum's bonsai enterprise, sources of creative inspiration, techniques, life lessons, and the stories of tiny trees with big character. For more information:

Arthur Joura has been the bonsai curator at the Arboretum since 1992 and oversaw the design and development of the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden. Joura augmented early training in fine art and studied bonsai with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the United States and in Japan. His greatest teachers are trees, however. His love of hiking and photographing trees in nature has shaped the Arboretum's collection and firmly rooted it in a regional identify -- one that elevates naturalism in art and the use of traditional bonsai species alongside species native to the Southern Appalachian mountains -- creating in the process one of the most acclaimed public collections of bonsai in the country.  


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