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Bonsai Organizations


American Bonsai Society

A nonprofit national organization that publishes a journal (American Bonsai Society Journal), holds conventions, and provides training courses. Their website contains lots of useful information, including a list of all the bonsai clubs in the US and Canada.

Art of Bonsai Project

An online journal and community. Posts many good articles by well-known artists.

Bonsai Clubs International

A nonprofit organization that sponsors an annual major international convention, and publishes a magazine.

Bonsai Empire..

A general website with great information, photos, movies, a blog and a forum 

Internet Bonsai Club

An online forum for discussions and posting photos. 

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National Bonsai Foundation

Supports the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Wonderful Japanese, Chinese, North American, and viewing stone collections. Very good photos on their website. 

North Carolina Arboretum

The NC Arboretum is located just outside Asheville and is a major resource for the western NC area. Hosts the annual Carolina Bonsai Expo. The Curator of the bonsai collection and the expo is Arthur Jura.

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Please note that Blue Ridge Bonsai does not endorse any particular vendors. We are just listing some that are used happily by at least some of our members. 



Bonsai Learning Center

While primarily a provider of classes and workshops, the BLC also sells tools. The BLC was located in Charlotte, NC but now has new owners and is moving to the Raleigh area. Watch the website for information.

Dallas Bonsai

Sells books, tools, supplies, and some trees.

Stone Lantern

Sells books, tools, and supplies

Fifth Season Gardening

Hydroponics and organic gardening supplies

Specializes in dwarf conifers. Good material for bonsai development. Does not sell bonsai or bonsai supplies....

40 Elkins Branch Road, Weaverville, North Carolina 28787 United States 828.301.2184 Michael Balogh

BB Barns Garden Center

Good general garden center and nursery in the Asheville area. Sells some bonsai and bonsai supplies.

Jesse Israel and Sons Garden Center

Good general garden center and nursery in the Asheville area. Sells some bonsai pots and small nursery stock seasonly.

Reems Creek Nursery

Good general nursery in Weaverville, north of Asheville. Does not sell bonsai supplies.

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Arthur Joura

Arthur has been Bonsai Curator at the NC Arboretum since the beginning of their bonsai collection. He supervised the design and constructions of the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, started and still organizes the annual Carolina Bonsai Expo, lectures widely and is a good friend to all bonsai clubs.

Curator of Bonsai, NC Arboretum

Bjorn Bjorholm

Bjorn apprenticed for six years in Japan and is now certified as a bonsai professional with the Japanese Bonsai Association. He does demonstrations and classes internationally, leads bonsai tours to Japan, writes a blog, and has created online beginners' and intermediate bonsai courses which are available for moderate fees.

Boon Manakitivipart

Website, workshops, and training DVDs from Boon Manakitivipart, an American who trained and apprenticed in Japan.

Dan Robinson

Distinctive approach to American bonsai. Promoter of "ancient and gnarly trees."

International Bonsai Artist

Danny Coffey

Danny Coffey is a bonsai professional in the Charlotte, NC area. His Instagram account contains a blog discussing bonsai facts, exhibits, and art inspired by bonsai as well as his experience as an apprentice in Nagoya, Japan and as an intern at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum with many beautiful photographs.  To reach his Instagram account, copy the following web address and paste it into our browser:    .

Danny now also has studio space in the River Arts District of Asheville at Studio 281 in Riverview Station at 191 Lyman Street, 28801. He will be offering some classes later at this location. At the moment, he is there only by appointment. 

Bonsai Artist

Owen Reich

Owen has a degree in ornamental horticulture and has spent much time in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, but he is also a well-known speaker on Japanese styling and display standards for bonsai and kusomono (companion plants). His website includes a blog.

Rodney Clemons

Owns Allgood Bonsai nursery and studio in the Atlanta area, is the curator of the bonsai collection at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit,  and is a frequent presenter at expos and workshops. He is a specialist in boxwood bonsai.

See the AllgoodBonsaid page on Facebook

Tyler Sherrod

Tyler grew up in Hickory, NC and graduated from the U  of TN at Knoxville before discovering bonsai at the Bonsai Learning Center in Charlotte and attending several workshops with Boon Manakitivipart. Boon helped Tyler gain a 5-year apprentice-ship with Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan. Tyler is now certified by the Nippon Bonsai Association and has established the Dogwood Studios in Hickory.

His blog is at and his website is:

Walter Pall

Walter Pall lives in Germany but is very often in the US. He has been the featured artist at the Carolina Bonsai Expo three times. He was an early proponent of “naturalistic bonsai.”

William Valavanis holds degrees in ornamental horticulture and also apprenticed in Omiya Bonsai Village in Japan. He owns the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, NY, organized the first three US National Bonsai Expos, and has a world-wide teaching schedule. He has both a website at International Bonsai and a blog.

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