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Bonsai – Stories, Inspiration, Art: Another Special Gift of Trees from Japan


12 PM – 1 PM (book signing at 11:30 AM)


West Dining Room, James Madison Building, Room # LM-621 (sixth floor)
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540 (Map)




Learn about the 53 bonsai trees Japan gave as a Bicentennial Gift to the United States in 1976, leading to the founding of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum, which was later augmented by bonsai from China, North America and elsewhere.

Three Washington, D.C. area authors—Ann McClellan, Stephen Voss, and Sandra Moore—will share their bonsai experiences in an illustrated panel presentation, including images from the collections in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. The presentation will expand your knowledge, awareness and understanding of these enchanting miniature trees.

Each author will discuss his or her individual perspective on the national collection of living works of art that inspired their respective books. Ann McClellan’s Bonsai and Penjing, Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty provides a comprehensive overview of the national collection. Stephen Voss’s book, In Training, features elegant, insightful photography. Sandra Moore tells a charming children’s story of the Yamaki Pine, a bonsai in training since 1625, in The Peace Tree from Hiroshima. All three books will be available for sale and signing prior to the presentation at 11:30 AM.