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Bonsai Garden Tour with the Curator

ONSITE | Sunday, June 11, 9 - 10 a.m.

Instructor: Arthur Joura

FREE ($10 Suggested Donation)

Registration Required

Course Capacity: 24


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. You're invited to join this special tour of the garden with Arthur Joura, Arboretum Bonsai Curator, for a personal and informative overview of the fine art of bonsai and the Arboretum's own creative approach. This is designed as an intimate, small-group experience offered in connection with the Bonsai as Fine Art offerings at the Arboretum. Limited spaces are available only through advance registration.

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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June 11, 2023


Free ($10 Suggested Donation)

Registration Required

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