AE22 The Arboretum's Bonsai Exhibition Garden in Summer - Curator's Talk & Tour

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Tuesday August 9

6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

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

ONSITE*  Tuesday, August 9, 6 to 7:30 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. 


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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 Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura on this entertaining and informative after-hours tour of the garden at its peak in summer, a fitting showcase for the specimens and the miniature landscapes. 

As Joura says, "The two things are one: The garden is designed to elevate the experience of bonsai, and the bonsai never look better than when they're on display in the garden."


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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