36th Annual Lahr Native Plants Symposium

March 25th 2023 -

Native Plants: From the Wild to the Garden

36th Annual Lahr Symposium
Administration Building Auditorium, U.S. National Arboretum
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Reserve your spot now! $100 (FONA members $80)
View the full program here.

What do George Washington, the National Arboretum’s bonsai curators, and several of the region’s grassland restoration experts and landscape designers have in common? An

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Free Online Lecture: Eliza Scidmore, Botanical Ambassador for Japan and its Cherry Trees

March 29th 2023 -

Join us on Zoom from 1–2 p.m. for a free, online talk with author Diana Parsell.

Eliza Scidmore (1856–1928) helped shape the modern landscape of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. through her obsessive quest for over twenty years to bring Japanese cherry trees to the nation’s capital. Washington-area author Diana Parsell will discuss how that vision emerged from Scidmore’s prolific career in journalism and her lengthy stays in

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Spring Ikebana International Exhibit

April 7th 2023 - April 16th 2023

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 a change-out of the exhibits on April 10 and 13, so plan return visits to see everything. Master teachers will give free ikebana demonstrations on April 8, 9, 15, and 16.

Exhibits Gallery, National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

New Arrangements:

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Bonsai Festival, Potomac Bonsai Association

May 5th 2023 - May 7th 2023

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s Exhibits Wing, Chinese Pavilion, and Lecture/Demonstration Center

Co-sponsored by the Potomac Bonsai Association (PBA) and the U.S. National Arboretum, this event features a bonsai demonstration and workshops by guest artist Suthin Sukosolvisit. There will be a show of PBA member trees and vendors selling bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, accents and supplies. A juried exhibit of PBA bonsai will be on view in

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Potomac Bonsai Association Juried Exhibit

May 5th 2023 - May 14th 2023

Exhibits Gallery, National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

This exhibit showcases the best bonsai from members of the Potomac Bonsai Association in formal displays. It will be on view for the public during the Bonsai Festival and will continue through the following weekend and celebration of World Bonsai Day.

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World Bonsai Day

May 13th 2023 -

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is pleased to participate in the 13th Annual World Bonsai Day, created by the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF). This event honors the memory of Mr. Saburo Kato, a bonsai master and founder of WBFF, who believed that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace. Join us for docent-led tours of the museum and a children’s activity table.

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