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About the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society

The Blue Ridge Bonsai Society became an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as of Nov. 8, 2015, so contributions to the Society are tax-deductible.
Officers for 2024 - 2025
President:           Chris Pazoles  
Vice-President:  Chris Sealy (and Program Chair)
Secretary:           Jane Lovett

Treasurer:           Brian McCrodden 

At-Large Directors
Ricci Gilbert
Felix Laughlin

Dan O'Neal     

Webmaster:  Jon Kidder    Immediate Past-President: Peggy Snow      
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 $35 for single memberships and $40 for families. Please feel free to attend a meeting or two before deciding to join.  Send any questions to:

You can pay dues online by pasting the following link into your browser:

Individual Membership -- $36.35. ($1.35 is added to the membership fee of $35.00 to cover Square's processing fees.)
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Family Membership -- $41.50. ($1.50 is added to the membership fee of $40.00 to cover Square’s processing fees.

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You can also download our membership form here and bring it to a meeting with a check or cash when you are ready to join or mail it with a check to our Treasurer:
Brian McCrodden
10 Hillswick Rd
Tryon, NC  28782
Please send all questions about our club or activities and any problems with the website or corrections or suggestions to:

                  Meeting Times & Location

Most of 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

We also sometimes meet at the Woodfin Community Center, depending on that month's program content

Meeting locations are given in the Meetings list on the Welcome page. 

    Meeting Locations

Asheville Botanical Gardens
151 W. T, Weaver Boulevard
Asheville, NC  28804

Driving Directions:
From Downtown Asheville:  Take Broadway/Merrimon Avenue (US 25) north for approximately 1.5 miles to the traffic light at W.T. Weaver Blvd. Turn left. Pass the entrance to University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) at the traffic circle. Entrance to Gardens is the about .2 mile on the right.

From the South (Hendersonville)  Take I-26 West. As you approach Asheville, I-26 will be joined by I-240. Continue to follow signs for I-26 (future I-26) Once the road begins to cross the Smokey  Mountain Bridge, move IMMEDIATELY into the left lane. Take LEFT Exit 4A. Go to Exit 25 which comes up quickly. At the bottom of exit ramp turn right. At second traffic light, turn left on to W.T. Weaver Blvd. BGA's parking lot is first driveway on left.

From the North (Weaverville)  Take I-26 East to Exit 25. At the bottom of exit ramp turn left. At second traffic light, turn left on to W.T. Weaver Blvd. BGA's parking lot is first driveway on left.

 Woodfin Community Center

23 Community Road

Woodfin, NC 28804







The Woodfin Community Center is one exit further north from Rte. 26 than the exit to the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

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Bullington GardensBullington Gardens
95 Upper Red Oak Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Driving Directions:
From I-26:
Take Exit 49 to 64 East (Chimney Rock Rd/Bat Cave);
Left onto Howard Gap Road (1006) (at Ingles Markets intersection);
Right onto Zeb Corn Rd (1583);
Right onto Upper Red Oak Trail (gravel lot and Garden on the left).
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