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Online Lecture: Bonsai Roots — Care for the National Arboretum's Tiny Trees

Program No. 24572RJ
Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at 1 p.m. (ET)/ 10 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A to learn about bonsai and enjoy a live re-potting demonstration.
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1 hour
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25

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The centuries-old craft of bonsai has become a popular hobby and art form that is practiced around the world. This is the second lecture 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. The presentation will include a live showing of all that’s involved in re-potting a bonsai and tips on how to care for these miniature trees. Michael and Ann will also give an overview of bonsai as an art form and share more stories about the collections at 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, “Online Lecture: Bonsai Roots — Care for the National Arboretum's Tiny Trees” (#24572), is the second in a series of two lectures focused on bonsai, presented by Michael James and Ann McClellan. We invite you to also enroll in the first lecture in the series - “Online Lecture: Bonsai Tales — the National Arboretum's Tiny Trees” (#24569) on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT at a cost of $25 per lecture.
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Michael James
Michael James, curator of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum, first discovered bonsai while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. Enthralled, he pursued a plant science degree at Cornell University. Michael began his involvement at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum as a volunteer, later becoming assistant curator, and has been curator in charge since 2018. He has said, “Bonsai turns science into a form of art that is relatable and a balance between both culture and science.”

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Ann McClellan’s lifelong love of trees evolved from growing up on an arboretum-like campus in New Jersey laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted. She is the author of two books about the flowering cherry trees of Washington, D.C.: “National Geographic’s Cherry Blossoms” (2012) and “The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Celebration” (2005), with a third book about cherry blossoms worldwide to be published in 2022. A worldwide traveler, she has held executive positions at renowned non-profit organizations including the Smithsonian Institution and World Wildlife Fund.
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Michael James View biography
Michael James, curator of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum, first discovered bonsai while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. Enthralled, he pursued a plant science degree at Cornell University. Michael began his involvement at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum as a volunteer, later becoming assistant curator, and has been curator in charge since 2018. He has said, “Bonsai turns science into a form of art that is relatable and a balance between both culture and science.”





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