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Dear Feds: Don’t Mess with My Bonsais!

One of the District's gems is the bonsai hut at the Arboretum in Northeast. It's actually called the U.S. National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. You can gawk at those little trees for hours without so much as blinking.

Check out this gem:

Well, in the future, as it turns out, your access to this gem may be slightly curtailed, if we are to believe the awesome Mark Segraves of WTOP News. Segraves is telling us that budget cuts are imperiling the Arboretum's staff and operating hours. If this actually comes to pass, and the U.S. National Bonsai and Penjing Museum becomes scarcer to me as a tourist, then some approps person on the Hill's gonna hear from me!

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  • Adam Nantel

    The national museum of bonsai in Washington looks amazing. I've seen a lot of pictures of it but live too far away to visit. It would be a shame if they neglected it.


    Mark Segraves actually underestimated the impact of the President's proposed budget cuts. The $2 million cut is coming directly out of the Gardens Unit and the Education and Visitors Services Unit at the National Arboretum, the only two units that provide direct services to the general public. After overhead, these two units currently have a budget of about $3 million for direct services so that a cut of this magnitude would totally decimate their ability to serve the public. Massive staff layoffs, weekend closures, abandonment of some of the Garden Displays and Plant Collections, etc. are all expected outcomes of the cut. Contact Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and ask her to contact Rosa DeLauro, Chair of Ag Appropriations to restore cuts.