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Current Events and Programs

Some arboretum programs require advance registration. Please refer to each program description for details. Click here for current registration procedures for all programs.

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We are now using Active Network to manage our program registrations and fee payments. The registration links embedded in the programs listed below will take you directly to the site where you can register for programs and pay fees using your credit card or debit card.

Be advised that after you have completed your registration and made your payment, you will see a pop-up window that will tell you about Active Advantage, which is a membership service that you may subscribe to that gives you discounts on some programs in Active Network and other benefits. This is only activated if you verify your email by entering it in the box and click on the Accept button. Your card will be charged for the Active Advantage membership if you enter your email address and click the Accept button. You do NOT have to be a member to register for arboretum programs, and if you don't want to become a member of Active Network, simply ignore this pop-up window.

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Full Moon Hike

Note: Full Moon Hikes are now managed by the Friends of the National Arboretum. To check availability of tickets and register, click here..

January

Last Chance Exhibit: Viewing Stones: Falling into Winter
November 4, 2017 – February 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Exhibits Gallery

This exhibit presents stones in thematic groupings to evoke the change of seasons from early fall to late winter—complementing our fall and winter bonsai exhibits. The stones are on loan from the Jim & Alice Kikue Greaves Collection, American Viewing Stone Resource Center at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens. Free.

 

Exhibit: Bonsai Winter Silhouettes
January 6-18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Exhibits Gallery

Winter is the best time to enjoy the true mastery of the art of bonsai by observing the “bare bones” of the trees. With no leaves, the structure of a deciduous bonsai reveals how well the artist has created his miniaturized version of nature. Free.

 

Children’s Workshop: Will It Be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?
January 20, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at Yoshimura Lecture and Demonstration Center

Every tree seedling has its fate, and in this workshop, you can learn how that fate is determined. One adult and one child will have a special day together as they work as lab partners, using their “scientist eyes” to observe details and make comparisons. We’ll learn about plant physiology, ecosystems and bonsai history, too.  At the close of class, each research team will receive a seedling whose fate they will decide. Will your tree go through the rigorous training to become a bonsai or will you plant it outdoors in spring to grow up wild, big and free?  Be sure to bring warm coats since we will be in an open exhibit area for part of the workshop. This activity is not recommended for participants under the age of 8, and is geared to children in the third and fourth grades. Due to limited classroom space, strollers can’t be accommodated. Fee: $25 per child-adult pair ($22 FONA/NBF) Registration required.

February

Last Chance Exhibit: Viewing Stones: Falling into Winter
November 4, 2017 – February 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Exhibits Gallery

This exhibit presents stones in thematic groupings to evoke the change of seasons from early fall to late winter—complementing our fall and winter bonsai exhibits. The stones are on loan from the Jim & Alice Kikue Greaves Collection, American Viewing Stone Resource Center at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens. Free.

 

Lecture: Reordering the Landscape: Science, Nature, and Spirituality at Wye House
February 10, 1:30 am – 2:30 pm
U.S. National Arboretum Auditorium

Archaeologists have begun to discover the ways enslaved Africans and African Americans used plants, which they sometimes grew in secret, to preserve their traditions, culture and identity.  As part of her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Elizabeth Pruitt talked with descendants of formerly enslaved people at the Wye House Plantation about their family’s histories. She studied the fossilized pollen remains on the plantation’s grounds and in the forests and swamps. Her findings suggest enslaved people on the Wye House Plantation grew plants for different spiritual, medicinal, and practical purposes, in a fight to preserve their well-being and to hold fast to their identities within the African diaspora. Free. Registration required.

 

Children’s Workshop: Will It Be a Bonsai or a Big Tree?
February 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at Yoshimura Lecture and Demonstration Center

If you missed this workshop in January, join us this month.  Every tree seedling has its fate, and in this workshop, you can learn how that fate is determined. One adult and one child will have a special day together as they work as lab partners, using their “scientist eyes” to observe details and make comparisons. We’ll learn about plant physiology, ecosystems and bonsai history, too.  At the close of class, each research team will receive a seedling whose fate they will decide. Will your tree go through the rigorous training to become a bonsai or will you plant it outdoors in spring to grow up wild, big and free?  Be sure to bring warm coats since we will be in an open exhibit area for part of the workshop. This activity is not recommended for participants under the age of 8, and is geared to children in the third and fourth grades. Due to limited classroom space, strollers can’t be accommodated. Fee: $25 per child-adult pair ($22 FONA/NBF) Registration required.

 

Lecture: The Assassin’s Plot and the Physician’s Garden
February 24, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Administration Building Auditorium

Treat yourself to a good murder mystery on a cold winter day. In this chilling tale, we will focus on the crime’s co-conspirators—plants. Medical artist Jeffrey Day, MD, of the National Library of Medicine will give common biochemical mechanisms and fun backyard examples of herbs that harm humans. Prefer your plants a bit less pathological? We’ll also explore medicinal garden denizens and how they heal. We’ll draw examples from popular fiction so you can discover your favorite author’s science savvy—or get an idea for a new book to read. Fee: $10 ($8 FONA) Registration required.

March

Workshop: Seeing Beauty Where You Are
March 31, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Administration Building Auditorium

Photographer Tuan Pham has taught several classes at the arboretum, often to sold-out audiences. In this program, he demonstrates the most amazing camera of all—the human eye.  Learn how to clear mental clutter, return to the senses and experience new ways of seeing.  Tuan Pham will show his own photography and discuss how he brings mindfulness to his art. The class includes a visioning exercise where participants will use Mr. Pham’s techniques to find inspiration on the Arboretum grounds. As nature shakes off winter’s dormancy, participants will sharpen their awareness of the subtle ways plants respond to the longer days and warmer temperatures of early spring. This talk is ideal for artists, meditators or anyone who would appreciate a deeper, more meaningful encounter with natural splendor.  Fee: $25 ($22 FONA) Registration required.

April

Exhibit: Ikebana International
April 13-22, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum Exhibits Gallery

Enjoy spring flowers with a Japanese twist! The Washington D.C. Chapter of Ikebana International will exhibit flower arrangements representing a variety of ikebana schools and styles. There will be two different exhibits, so plan return visits to see everything. Free.

FONA/NBF

 

FONA/NBF refers to members of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) or the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF), who receive a discount on many programs. For membership information for FONA, call 202-544-8733 or see their website at www.fona.org. For information on NBF, call 202-396-3510 or see www.bonsai-nbf.org.

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