Welcome To Our Club
Welcome to the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas official web site. The BSC was the first bonsai club to be established in the Carolinas and the second on the entire East coast. Since 1964 we have been teaching, promoting and practicing the art of bonsai.
Our Club is made up of folks from throughout the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County area and meets on a monthly basis. If you would like to find out what's planned for our meeting this coming month, just click the link at right. Visitors are always welcome.
Our Club members come from a wide variety of backgrounds but we all share a common love.... the art of bonsai. Members include knowledgeable artists who have been creating and growing bonsai for many years as well as novices who are just beginning to learn the art of bonsai. If you have any questions or comments about our club or this site we can be contacted via email at [email protected]
Lecture, demo, workshops
Ken Duncan and John Geanangel, Bonus April event, date to be determined. Ken and John are from Columbia, SC and are avid collectors of native material. These two have won almost every award in the Southeast for their dramatic bonsai. They are old friends of our club and great teachers. They have opened their gardens to us for a private tour and shopping opportunity. You will have an opportunity to sign up for their workshop next month. The workshop will be limited to 10 participants.
Workshop with Ken and John, May13, 2017. This is a rock planting workshop. They will furnish unique rock of their personal selection. Bring your own material or what you purchased from them. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Observers are free and are encouraged. To sign up for this workshop, click here: workshop registration - come as an observer at no charge.
Lecture / demo with Arthur Joura, July 8, 2017. Arthur has been bringing his unique slant on native bonsai to us for over 20 years. Arthur has studied in Japan and applies those techniques to our native material. He is the resident bonsai artist and curator at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. See the results of his effort at www.ncarboretum.org .
Local artist workshops
Covering correcting problem trees, species specific workshops, member collecting trip
Featuring picnic, bonsai nursery tour, holiday party
Be sure to check our newsletter for meeting locations. We meet at one of the following locations depending on their schedules and our needs.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, McMillan Greenhouse, Charlotte, NC
Bonsai Learning Center, Mooresville, NC
GPS, Online Maps, and directions are on our "About Us" page
To become a member of our organization, click here: Membership Registration
Best of Show at 2014 Winter Silhouette Show, Kannapolis, NC. Exhibited by Brad Russell and Brian Mercer
Best exhibit at 2014 Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC
2015 Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC
2016 Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC
A few member trees from the Winter Silhouette Show. See more in the Photos link in the right hand column.
Special Offer -
New members get a free bonsai workshop with a $50 membership. You'll get a tree, pot, basic instruction. Go home with a tree you've styled with the help of an experienced club member. Join now. Click this link Membership Registration The Fall workshop will be held August 12, 2017. New members planning to attend should confirm to
Special Event - Stowe Arboretum display
2017 at a glance - Details, time, and location will be in the newsletter. Newsletters are posted on the Newsletter page when released, usually 7-10 days prior to meetings.
Jan 14 - Dog swap
Feb 11 - Soil, pest control
Feb 24-26, Mar 3-5 - Spring Show
Mar 11-12 - Introduction to bonsai
Apr 8 - Introduction to bonsai 2.0
May 13 - Rock planting workshop
June 10 - Member picnic
July 8 - Authur Joura demo
Aug 12 - Introduction to bonsai
Sept 9 - Design challenge workshop
Oct 7 - Auction
Oct 14-15 - Bonsai Expo, Asheville
Nov 11 - Collecting event
Dec 2-3 - Winter Silhouette Show
Dec 9 - Holiday party