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.

2019 Meetings and Events


All meetings are located at the Asheville Botanic Gardens unless otherwise stated. 


Jan. 13 -  Jesse McMahon: Bonsai are created. (Make a realistic plan.Jesse will discuss the life cycle of a bonsai: choosing new material, development, then refinement and styling of the tree over time. He will discuss different approaches to deciduous and coniferous trees and show examples from his own bonsai garden. 


Feb. 10 - Danny Coffey, a bonsai professional, will discuss Getting Your Tree Show-Ready.


MAR. 10 - Tom Snow, who is a bonsai volunteer at the NC Arboretum, will lead a repotting workshop. (Bring your own tree, tools, and potting soil.)


Apr. 14 - We will pick the trees for our May show at the NC Arboretum.  This is our very first exhibit at the Arboretum, so this is important. Members, please bring one or more trees that you would like to be considered for inclusion in our exhibit.


Apr. 28 (Sunday) - Extra Event: Owen Reich, a bonsai professional, will lead a shimpaku workshop. See the Special Notice page for a picture of the beautiful shimpaku being supplied for this workshop.

May 11-12 (Second Saturday and Sunday of May) - World Bonsai Day

BRBS will have an exhibit at the NC Arboretum


June 9 - Arthur Joura, the Bonsai Curator at the NC Arboretum, styled and pruned a bonsai from a large Chamaecyparis belonging to the Arboretum.

Chamaecyparis (cypress or false cypress),is a genus of conifers in the cypress family Cupressaceae, native to eastern Asia and to the western and eastern margins of the United States. 

June 28-30 - Second annual Shohin Exhibition. Special event in Kannapolis, NC. (Click on the poster below to go to their website.)







July 14 - Second annual BRBS Mutual Aid and Admiration Meeting!

Do you have a tree with a problem you can't identify? Do you need suggestions on styling to produce an outstanding tree or do you want to plant a forest, but you don't know where to start? Or do you have a tree that has turned into a superstar we would all love to see? Bring your questions to the meeting.

Aug.  11 -  Annual pot luck dinner and auction at our regular meeting location at the Asheville Botanic Gardens

Sept. 7 (SaturdayExtra Event:

Demonstration by bonsai professional Tyler Sherrod. Tyler styled a lodgepole pine collected west of Denver about three years ago. This tree was purchased for the demo from professional Jim Doyle (www.bonsaiempire.com).

The finished tree was auctioned off immediately after the demo!

(This demo and auction are open only to club members.)

Sept. 8 -  At this meeting, we chose our trees and final display for our exhibit for the Carolina Bonsai Expo at the NC Arboretum in October.


Oct. 12-13    2019 Carolina Bonsai Expo. Special event at NC              Arboretum. (No regular meeting.)

Nov.  10 -  Felix Laughlin will discuss designing, planting, and maintaining bonsai forests.

We will also hold elections for officers and Board members for 2020-2022.


Dec.  7-8 2019 Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo. 

Special Event in Kannapolis, NC.

(No regular meeting this month.)







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Go to the Library page to download our new one-page bonsai reference list. One-page map to wisdom!
At our regular BRBS Meeting, on Sunday, November 10th, Felix Laughlin will talk about Bonsai Forests, and we will have our election of officers for 2020-2022 
See the Special Notice page for details and links to:
  • A workshop, demonstration, and presentation by Jack Sustic, former Curator of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC at Danny Coffey's studio in Riverview Station in Asheville all day on Saturday, November 9.
  • Arthur Joura's Curator's Talk on Yoshimura Island on Tuesday, November 12th at 4:00 pm.
  • See the Photo Gallery page for pictures of our club display at the 2019 Carolina Bonsai Expo and some other remarkable trees from this Expo. .
  • News about the 2020 Carolina Bonsai Expo: In 2020 and all years in the future, the Expo will be in June. For 2020, the Expo will be June 13 & 14, and the featured artist will be Ryan Neal from Bonsai Mirai in Oregon.
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.
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