The North Carolina Arboretum is blooming this month, in more ways than one.

Celebrate World Bonsai Day Saturday, May 14, when the Arboretum’s renown collection returns to the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, alongside two days of displays, demonstrations and talks from docent volunteers, members of the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society and the Arboretum Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura. Dive even deeper into the world of bonsai with the Curator’s Journal, a year-long behind the scenes course by Joura himself.

Kick off planting season at the Plant Sale and Vendor Market, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28. The plant sale is back and bigger than ever, with offerings grown right at the Arboretum’s Production Greenhouse, and from more than 20 participating vendors. Featuring annuals, perennials, natives houseplants and more. Bring a wagon.

Nature and Nurture: The Voorhees Family Artistic Legacy, opens May 28 in the Baker Visitors Center. This multi-generational, multi-media exhibit displays paintings, pottery and jewelry from seven members of the Voorhees family. Numerous pieces feature some of the beautiful landscapes and plants that North Carolina has to offer, connecting people with plants through artistic vision and skill. Runs through September 5.

A rose is a rose, especially when it’s on display at the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Rose Exhibit set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 29. This annual exhibition features award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts from the Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the selection, care and history of roses. Featuring Western North Carolina’s top rosarians, along with collections from local gardens including the Biltmore Estate, the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Rose Garden and the Red Cross Rose Garden.

And, there are still opportunities to learn Frederick Law Olmstead, whose landscape vision can be seen across the country, especially at the Biltmore Estate. The popular Thanks FLO exhibit celebrating the life and legacy of Olmsted continues outdoors where his influence can be seen throughout the gardens. In a series of eights stations, guests can learn about Olmsted’s design principles and how they fit into majestic and famous public gardens both around the country and right here in Asheville.

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