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Origami Happenings

Origami in the Garden runs from Friday, May 19, through Sunday, October 22, 2017. During the exhibit, the Arboretum will host several special events and programs.  Some activities are free while others require a fee. Please click through an activity to learn all the details. 


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A miniature zen garden with black rocks and a tiny wooden rack.

Zen Gardening

Celebrate Asian culture at The Destination Asia Festival. In the Children’s Garden, experience zen gardening, and make your own mini zen garden to take home. August 5 through 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Finger prints are used to create colorful flowers.

Finger Print Flowers

Flowers grow in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors. Look around at all of the flowers in the Children’s Garden and find your favorite to finger paint. Daily in July, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
Samples of colorful Japanese textured paper.

Japanese Papermaking

Make colorful, textured paper using eastern fibers in this Japanese papermaking workshop.Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A bonsai tree is in a small terracotta pot.

Learn the Art of Bonsai

Whether you're brand new to bonsai or are an experienced practitioner, you can advance your skills with our six-week summer bonsai classes. Dates vary starting July 6 or July 8, 2017.
Two women are working on a Japanese style floral arrangement called Ikebana.

Fall Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

Capture the graceful curve of fall leaves and boughs, the delightful color of berries, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Springtime in our China Collection

From East to West: History and Horticulture in the Asia Collections

Many of the trees you see at The Morton Arboretum are native to Asia. Learn why the Asian collections have long been at the core of the Arboretum’s mission on this walking tour with collections supervisor Patrick Kelsch. Friday, June 9, or Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
A floral arrangement done in the style of Ikebana or Japanese style floral arranging

Spring Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging

Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging. Saturday, May 20 or June 10, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Walking through the forest

Nature Rx: Forest Therapy Walks

Discover Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk guided by a certified forest therapy guide. Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.