Nature Series: The Basics of Bonsai

Nature Series: The Basics of Bonsai

On Saturday, August 12 at 10am, join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum and presenter Dr. Ryan Wagner for “The Basics of Bonsai.” At this presentation, participants will learn a brief history of bonsai, the aesthetics and horticulture of bonsai, and tips on how to care for developing bonsai. Participants will also learn tips on the “dos” and “don’ts” of bonsai with attention to aesthetics and general health. Dr. Wagner will demonstrate some techniques for those picking up their new bonsais at garden centers to shape these readily available plants.

Please Note: This program was originally scheduled for June 3 but was postponed. August 12 is the new, rescheduled date for this program.

Dr. Ryan Wagner

Ryan Wagner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Biology at Millersville University. Prior to joining the faculty at MU, Dr. Wagner completed his post-Doctoral work at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, and his Ph.D. at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, where he studied plant physiology. Having grown up in South Dakota, Dr. Wagner has long held an interest in all botanical areas, including the horticultural art of bonsai. Dr. Wagner has given numerous lectures aimed at introducing bonsai to the public and to provide newcomers and experienced bonsai artists alike with practical information aimed at developing/improving their creations.

The event, “The Basics of Bonsai,” will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $5/Adult (18+) and $3/Child. Friends of the Tanger Arboretum members receive complimentary admission, but should still register for the program. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Advance tickets recommended as the program has limited capacity.

The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members may register for tickets in advance and must show a valid membership card upon checking in. AHS Members should contact Emily Miller,, with any questions or to register for tickets in advance.

This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Nature Series Outdoor Program

August 12, 2023 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave, Lancaster 10am $5/Adults | $3/Children (17 & Under) | FREE Friends of Tanger Arboretum Members