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Online Lecture: Bonsai Tales — the National Arboretum's Tiny Trees

Program No. 24569RJ
Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at 1 p.m. (ET)/ 10 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A to learn about the art of bonsai and hear stories of the National Arboretum’s collection.
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At a Glance

Bonsai are most closely associated with Japan but are found and treasured around the world. This lecture is part one of a two-part series presented by Michael James, the National Arboretum’s bonsai curator, and Ann McClellan, author of Bonsai and Penjing, Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty. Join us for an engaging and informative presentation about the remarkable collection of miniature trees at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. In part one, Michael and Ann will explore how this living art form came to be, reflecting the Asian aesthetics of its origins, and how it expanded to other cultures. You’ll hear stories about how the trees were created and came to Washington D.C. and learn a few tips on care for these living works of art. Join us for part two to learn even more about these tiny trees and experience a live hands-on showing of an azalea bonsai from the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event. This lecture, “Bonsai Tales — the National Arboretum's Tiny Trees" (#24569), is the first in a series of two lectures focused on bonsai, presented by Michael James and Ann McClellan. We invite you to also enroll in “Online Lecture: Bonsai Roots — Care for the National Arboretum's Tiny Trees” (#24572) on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT at a cost of $25 per lecture.

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