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Bonsai at the NC Arboretum

Bonsai Classes at the Arboretum

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Enrollment in this class will be limited to 8 participants. Enrollment closes on Wednesday, March 8th. A second section to meet on Saturdays may be added if this section fills up. 

To Register for this class, click:

A New Bonsai Opportunity for 2022 and 2023:

An Insider's View of Bonsai at the Arboretum

The Curator's Journal by Arthur Joura, is a year-long look inside the bonsai program at the NC Arboretum. Multiple entries each month are available to subscribers and feature new, original writing, photography, and art work by the Curator. Journal entries will vary in length and content. Some will be close-up studies in detail and others will take in a wider view. With Arhur Joura as a knowledgeable guide, Journal subscribers travel in time to meet remarkable trees, each with stories and life-lessons worth sharing. The Journal and the journey began in the spring of 2022, but you can join at any time and view all the entries, which are saved.

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Click the first link below to see three free previews.
Click the second link to register for either the entire year or the first six months of the Journal.

Preview The Curator's Journal site.


Other Adult Education Opportunities

at the NC Arboretum

In addition to events related to bonsai, the NC Arboretum offers a wide range of classes in horticulture, landscape design, plants and animals, photography, contemplation and wellness taught by expert instructors. All classes--online, onsite, and outdoors--are open to the public with discounts for Arboretum members. 

Nature walks and field experiences follow COVID protocols for all participants regardless of their vaccination status. 

Click the link below to go

directly to the description of Adult Education courses on the Arboretum website:

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For more information, feel free to call NC Arboretum Adult Education Programs at 828-665-2492 or email

A National Bonsai Foundation Profile of Arthur Joura, the Bonsai Curator at the NC Arboretum, can be seen at the following link:

Appalachian Bonsai video of Arthur's "A Radical Redesign" demo

Last year, Arthur gave a live demo at the Arboretum of the radical redesign of a shimpaku bonsai. Ben Kirkland has condensed it to 24 minutes for his YouTube channel, Appalachian Bonsai.  Enjoy.

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