The Blue Ridge Bonsai Society supports and promotes the art of bonsai in the region around Asheville, NC. We meet together monthly, providing companionship, education,  and workshops from beginner to advanced level and we exhibit in various shows during the year.

Goal for 2020: To help each member gain in knowledge of how to develop a show-quality bonsai.

- Members will be encouraged to create a written plan describing the future development of each tree. (This is useful for tracking what works and what does not.)

- Meeting activities in February, April, July, and August contribute to these goals.

2020 Meetings and Events

All meetings are located at the Asheville Botanic Gardens 

unless otherwise stated. 


Jan. 12 Wiring workshop with Rebecca Ayres, a wiring expert from the NC Arboretum.

After Rebecca's  presentation, we divided into small groups to practice and wire trees brought by members. 


Feb. 7 - Jesse McMahon presented principles of bonsai design, based on de Groot's well-known book.


MAR. 8 - Tom Snow, who is a bonsai volunteer at the NC Arboretum, leads a repotting workshop. (Bring your own tree, tools, and potting soil.)



Apr. 19 (not 12th) - Members, please bring one of your trees that is closest to being ready for show. We  will break up into small groups, each led by an experienced member, review each tree and discuss and document its future development. We will also choose trees for our World Bonsai Day Exhibit at the NC Arboretum on May 9 and 10.

The Carolina Bonsai Expo at the NC Arboretum is now being held in June, so this meeting is also our first review for trees that are ready to be included in our exhibit this year at the Bonsai Expo.


May 9 and 10 -  BRBS World Bonsai Day Exhibit at the NC Arboretum. 


June 13-14 - 2020 Carolina Bonsai Expo. Special event at NC            Arboretum. The EXPO HAS BEEN CANCELLED  FOR THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF COVID-19

June 28 (4th Sunday) Kusamono (companion plant) workshop with Young Choe, a professional in this specialized field. See http://kusamonochoe.com for her website. Cancelled

July 12 - Field trip to a local nursery to discuss how to choose beginner trees. Details being arranged. Exact date may change. Cancelled


Aug. 15 and 16: Online tree and pot sale.

Sept. 6 12:30 - 4:30 Meet and greet and BYO tree at the Etowah Valley Golf Club.   

Sunday, Oct. 4 -    Demonstration by Daniel Coffey using nursery stock purchased at Mountain Meadows. Etowah Valley Golf Club. 

Sunday, Oct. 18 - Field trip to Mountain Meadows for those who signed up.

Nov.  8 - No meeting.


Dec.  5-6 2020 Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo. CANCELLED. 

More Suggested Activities:

New!! as of January 11, 2021


Arthur Joura, Bonsai Curator at the NC Aboretum  will be giving a serties of online talks once a month on Thursdays for six months, starting January 28th at 4:00 pm. This first one is free! Register now!!

The registration link is inside the attached document, which you can download from this link:


As of April, our planned meetings for 2020 were cancelled until further notice because of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Updates as of November 12:

  • Our meeting place, the  visitors' center at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, has been closed Since April. As of Ocober 1, there is still no news on when it may reopen and be available for  our meetings.

  • All trails and gardens at the the NC Arboretum are now open. The bonsai garden is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

  • Next year's Carolina Bonsai Expo will be held on June 12 & 13, 2021.

  • We have rebooked Young Choe's kusamono workshop  for June 27, 2021.

August--BRBS is active again!


  • BRBS 2020 Online Plant and Pot Sale

On August 15th and 16th, we held our first-ever sale of donated bonsai and pots on our website.

  • Sept. 6th: 12:30 - 4:30 Meeting held at the open Pavilion at the Etowah Valley Golf Club.

  • Oct. 4th: 1:30 - 4:30 at the open Pavilion at the Etowah Valley Golf Club, Daniel Coffey demo.


  • Oct. 18th: Field trip to Mountain Meadows Nursery

More Suggested Activities:


The Washington Post has a really beautiful article on Young Choe. Click here to read it:


Take care of your trees and write their histories! 

Some of our most experienced members got together and designed a document to help you do this. Download a copy here. You an use the Word version of the document if you want to add pictures of your trees.



Learn more! (Have you looked at all the best known references?) Go to the Library page of this website to download our new one-page bonsai reference list. One-page map to wisdom!

See Special Notices page for
  • Our election results
  • A special award
  • An interview with Felix
  • A link to more on Yuji Yoshimura by William Valavanis of International Bonsai.
See the Tips, Advice, and More page for
  • New advanced online courses from Bjorn, and a link to a review of these courses by Jonas Dupuich of Bonsai Tonight
See the Photo Gallery page for pictures of three bonsai exhibits taken by our roving photographer, Stuart Rogers:
  • The 2019 Winter Silhouette Show in Kannapolis in December​
  • The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, DC
  • Knoxville Bonsai Society's Winter Show in February, 2020
Meeting Times & Location 
Our regular meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the meeting room at the
                    Asheville Botanical Gardens
                    151 W. T. Weaver Blvd    28804
Please go to the About Us page for driving directions and a map.
Membership in the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society is open to anyone interested in the art of bonsai from the totally inexperienced to professionals.
Our annual dues are $30 for single memberships and $35 for families. More information is on the About Us page. Please feel free to attend a meeting or two before deciding to join.