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Bonsai at the NC Arboretum

Bonsai Classes at the Arboretum

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The Arboretum will be offering its two-day Beginner’s Bonsai class several times in 2024.
Taught by BRBS club member and Arboretum bonsai assistant Rebecca Ayres, the classes includes a day of lecture/demonstration on Friday followed by a hands-on workshop on Saturday where you’ll style and repot a pre-bonsai ficus tree.  This is a great way for bonsai beginners to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the hobby.
Dates are listed below.  Registration will open ~6-8 weeks before each class on the Arboretum website under
Adult & Continuing Education Classes: , so keep an eye out!

  • June 7/8 and 21/22
  • September 13/14
  • October 18/19
An Early Heads-Up!

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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