National Bonsai and Penjing
U.S. National Arboretum Auditorium
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Sponsored by the U.S.
National Arboretum, the National Bonsai Foundation,
and the Potomac Bonsai Association
with a generous grant from Mary E. Mrose
Our Speakers and Demonstrators
Dr. Thomas S. Elias is Director of the U.S. National Arboretum. He is the author of several articles on various aspects of the history of bonsai, most recently, a two part series on Mansei-en and The Kato Family. He serves as the historian for Bonsai Magazine, the official journal of Bonsai Clubs International. He has studied the plants of Asia and North America for many years and is the author of seven books and numerous papers.
Dr. Peter Del Tredici is Research Horticulturist at the Arnold Arboretum and has supervised the management of the Larz Anderson Collection of Bonsai, one of the earliest collections of bonsai in the United States. Dr. Del Tredici is the author of many scientific and popular articles relating to trees as well as the important work Early American Bonsai.
Mr. Warren Hill, former Curator of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum, is recognized as an outstanding bonsai artist and teacher. He has been practicing bonsai for over 40 years and is the featured demonstrator at many national and international bonsai conventions including the Bonsai Clubs International Convention in Hawaii in 2000.
Mr. Hideo Marushima is Japan’s leading authority on the history of both bonsai and suiseki. He is the author of many books on this subject, including, Studies on the Historical Influences of Chinese Penjing on Japanese Bonsai, History of Japanese Stones, and more recently the three volume The World of Chinese Penjing co-authored with Hu Yun Hua published in 2000. Mr. Marushima is an attorney in Tokyo.
Mr. Arishige Matsuura is Chairman of the Nippon Suiseki Association and is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on suiseki. He is the Editor of the recently published book Important Suiseki and Tools Photobook and is widely respected for his knowledge of viewing stones. He provides important international leadership in helping others develop an appreciation of suiseki.
Mr. Robert D. Mowry is Curator of the Asian Arts Department at the John G. Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University. He is a recognized authority on Chinese Scholars’ Rocks and is the author of the widely respected book Worlds Within Worlds: The Richard Rosenblum Collection of Chinese Scholars’ Rocks.
Mr. Larry Ragle is a leading bonsai and suiseki authority in California and has served as President of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and co-founder of the California Aiseki-Kai Club. He serves on the board of the National Bonsai Foundation.
Mr. Gerald Stowell is a well known bonsai artist, teacher, and writer. He was a founding member and first President of both the Greater New York City Bonsai Society and the American Bonsai Society.
Mr. William Valavanis is founder of The International Bonsai
Arboretum in Rochester, New York, as well as publisher and editor of International
Bonsai Magazine. He studied bonsai in Japan with Toshio Kawamoto,
Kakutaro Komuo, and Kyuzo Murata and is an internationally known bonsai
artist and teacher.
International Scholarly Symposium
on Bonsai and Viewing Stones
The purpose of this International
Scholarly Symposium is to provide more in-depth information about the history
and development of the art and science of bonsai, suiseki, and related
art forms. The combination of bonsai demonstrations and lectures
linked to the presentations will provide an unusual forum for participants
to learn from and interact with some of the leading scholars and specialists
in this field. This will be a rare opportunity to advance one’s
understanding of these ancient art forms. Participation is limited to 140
participants. Register early to ensure
Friday, May 17
12:00-5:00 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. Demonstration: Re-creation of Pre-bonsai
“Kasuga Gongen Kenkie” from 1309 A.D. in the Kamakura Period
Mr. Gerald Stowell
3:30 p.m. Dedication of the Kato Stroll Garden
4:00-5:30 p.m. Reception
Saturday, May 18
8:00-4:30 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. History of Bonsai in Japan
Mr. Hideo Marushima
Discovery & Introduction of Bonsai to the West
Dr. Thomas S. Elias
10:45 a.m. Break
Larz Anderson & His Bonsai
Dr. Peter Del Tredici
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Introduction to Tray Landscapes
Mr. William Valavanis
1:30 p.m. Demonstration: Modern Tray Landscape
or Forest Planting
Mr. Warren Hill & others
4:30 p.m. Optional Dinner Program*
Sunday, May 19
8:00-10:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Introduction to History of Viewing Stones
Mr. Hideo Marushima
Chinese Scholars’ Rocks
Mr. Robert D. Mowry
11:00 a.m. Break
Development of Viewing Stone Appreciation in California
Mr. Larry Ragle
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Japanese Suiseki—Lecture & Demonstration
Mr. Arishige Matsuura
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15-4:30 p.m. Critique of
Mr. Arishige Matsuura
fee charged - see registration form
The Arboretum has reserved a room block at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW, Washington DC 20024. To reserve a room call the hotel directly at (202) 479-4000. You must identify yourself as a participant of the “Viewing Stones October 25th Program.” Special symposium rates apply to the evenings of May 17-19 only. Reservations MUST BE MADE by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2002 to guarantee the special rate of $129 per night plus tax.
Last Updated February 8, 2002
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