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The Curator's Journal

ONLINE | On Demand Course

Featuring weekly entries and supplemental course material.

Produced by Adult & Continuing Education Programs

© 2023 The North Carolina Arboretum

Opening an unprecedented second year and offering the ultimate insider’s view of bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum. Weekly entries by Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura make for a fascinating learning journey. The path won’t be at all linear. But with Joura as a knowledgeable guide, Journal subscribers can forgo a map and travel in time to meet remarkable trees, each with stories and life lessons worth sharing.


  • $60 — Subscriber
  • $180 — Sustainer*
  • $240 — Sponsor*
  • $500 — Steward*

Starting with as little as $5 per month, you can sign on to support bonsai education and collection conservation at The North Carolina Arboretum. As a Curator’s Journal subscriber, you gain access to the latest published entry and to all special content generated in our first year of publication. Thank you!

Any amounts given at the Sustainer, Sponsor and Steward levels will be acknowledged as a donation and listed with our thanks on the Curator’s Journal site. Donors at these levels will be contacted to determine their preferences for listings in our acknowledgments.

Sponsor and Steward donors receive recognition in special Journal publications and invitations to special events with the curator. 

*Levels at Sustainer and above are editable to allow you to choose the amount you wish to contribute in support of the Journal as a worthy way of documenting our acclaimed living collection growing in place here at the Arboretum!

"There is another benefit to Curator's Journal subscribers: the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum in a direct and meaningful way. By subscribing to year one, you helped enable us to begin documenting the first thirty years of the bonsai program. The work isn't done, though. There is so much information still to be recorded that I have no doubts about being able to meet another fifty-two week writing commitment, at least not as regards material for content. Your buy-in is validation of the Journal’s merit. Subscriptions help pay the bills, too.” 

– Arthur Joura, Bonsai Curator

Exclusive Availability to Subscribers:

  • Subscribe Anytime for Full Access: Join anytime for full acces to all content generated for the Journal, including all current entries for year two and a library of all entries and materials from year one of the Journal.
  • Regular New Interactive Content: Enjoy unlimited exclusive access to writing, artwork, and photography by Arthur Joura. Look for multiple entries each month, available only on this curated site. Subscribers have the ability to post comments and interact with each other.
  • Recommended Viewing: Access original videos featuring the curator and gain convenient access to other specially-produced videos and presentations.
  • Priority Registration: Receive advance notice to register for garden tours and other educational programs featuring the curator.
  • Available Anytime: Sign on the password-protected site to see content whenever and from wherever you want to learn. Subscribers will receive email notification when new content is posted, with a direct link to the latest installment.

Instructor: 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 studied bonsai with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the United States and in Japan. He has toured extensively as a lecturer and teacher, and has been featured on UNC-TV and in numerous regional and national publications for his work with the collection. Joura is noted for his abilities as an interpreter and has offered numerous programs through the Arboretum, including the seasonal Bonsai Exhibition Garden Curator's Talks and Tours, styling demonstrations and series focused on his pioneering approach to the art of bonsai that emphasizes naturalism, use of native trees and plants, and signature miniature landscapes that are inspired by North Carolina's scenic places. The Curator's Journal is his first opportunity to write about the history of the Bonsai Program at The North Carolina Arboretum, illustrating each entry with his own photographs taken over three decades of growing the collection.


How to access the Journal: Instructions for accessing the asynchronous course will be included in your acknowledgement email following registration. Subscribers will recieve their unique password upon registering.


Each new entry will be announced to Journal subscribers via email. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder.


Scholarship Consideration:


Please Note: Through our programs, we extend an open invitation to grow in mind and grow in your understanding of our place in the Southern Appalachians. We also work to keep our course registration fees economical. Revenue received from registration goes toward expanding learning opportunities and stewardship through the Arboretum’s educational mission.


We encourage you to be in touch directly if the course fee would prohibit you from subscribing. Submit requests for scholarship consideration here.

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