National Bonsai Foundation

  • District of Columbia


3501 New York Avenue Northeast
District of Columbia
United States

About Us

The National Bonsai Foundation is the non-profit supporting branch of The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The Museum began in 1976 when Japanese bonsai enthusiasts from the Nippon Bonsai Association donated 53 bonsai to the people of the United States to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial. Today, more than 150 trees are on display in the Museum’s Pavilions, Tropical Conservatory, Special Exhibitions Wing and courtyard. Under the leadership of Curator Michael James, the Museum is training the next generation of bonsai experts, who have gone on to lead institutions in major U.S. cities.