Bonsai Society of the Carolinas - Charlotte, NC
Welcome To Our Club
Welcome To Our Club
Our 2018 Award-winning Display at the NC Arboretum Bonsai Show made up of Shimpaku junipers and Kingsville boxwoods. It used 14 individual rocks stacked to make the "mountain", and had a working stream & waterfall ! The display was 11 feet long, 3 feet wide, and took 5 hours to assemble !
Welcome to the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas official web site. The BSOC 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.
We welcome new members and guests at any meeting or gathering.
We are also always willing to assist anyone with their bonsai.
Our Club is made up of bonsai enthusiasts within about a 75 mile radius of Charlotte, NC, and meets on a monthly basis. If you would like to find out what's planned for our meeting this coming month, see the side bar. Visitors are always welcome.
Our Club members come from a wide variety of backgrounds but we all share a common love for 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. If you have any questions or comments about our club, or this site, we can be contacted via email at [email protected]
2021 - 2022 Activities - see calendar on right - Visitors are always welcome to attend.
Lectures, demos, workshops:
Educational activities. We strive to improve our abilities as bonsai artists and enthusiasts by learning from masters, teachers, and experienced local members. See the side bar.
Featured Lecture / demo with Arthur Joura. 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. Arthur has been kind enough to do demos and talks at our meetings each year. The show & talk is open to the general public.
Local and national artist workshops
Several of our experienced members make presentations and hold work-shops during the year on subjects such as soil mixtures, repotting, pruning and wiring, propagation techniques, and styling. We also try to have at least one "professional" bonsai artist do a demo and workshop for us each year. In addition, we have "bring your own tree" workshops so you can bring your trees to work on and get guidance from our experienced members. Check the calendar on the right and stay tuned for updates !
We usually have a picnic in the summer, a club "auction" where members can buy & sell trees, and a Christmas Holiday party in December of each year.
Be sure to check our newsletter and watch your email for meeting locations. We meet at one of the following locations depending on their schedules and our needs:
President, Scott Telk's home at 463 Cranborne Chase, Fort Mill SC.
Vice-President Carl Maxwell's home at 1516 Trevino Way, Waxhaw, NC.
Pineville Lake Park - 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville NC
Bonsai Learning Center --193 Volt Circle, Statesville NC.
To join us, 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
2017Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC
A few member trees from the Winter Silhouette Show. See more in the Photos tab at the top of this page.
As of October 1, 2021
463 Cranborne Chase
Fort Mill SC 29708
Scott Telk, President
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. "Bonsai 101 Class" are held once or twice per year. Contact the society for the next scheduled class.. Join now by clicking the link below: Membership Registration
2021 at a glance - Meeting topics and general details will be posted here as available. Specifics details and locations will be posted in the newsletter.
Nov 13th - Annual auction and sales event. Anyone looking to purchase a bonsai or bonsai related items should attend. Location: Pineville Lake Park (weather permitting)
Dec 11th - Annual Holiday Party and our Christmas Decorating Contest - decorate your favorite tree with holiday trimmings and bring it to show off! We will also elect officers for next year. Location: Scott's house.
Jan 8th - Collecting trip. When trees go dormant in the winter, it is the perfect time to dig up larger trees and turn them into bonsai. Learn how and collect a few. Location: Larry Morton's
Feb 12th - Repotting and wiring workshop. As trees begin to awaken, it is the best time to repot them. This workshop will teach the budding artist how to safely repot a tree as well as wire and style it. Location: Scott's house
Mar 13th - Bonsai 101 class. The class for new members to learn how to create a bonsai. Raw materials (plant, pot and soil) are provided. Location: Carl's house
Apr 9th - Dan Coffey demo and workshop (tentative). Dan will present a bonsai styling demonstration in the morning and host a workshop in the afternoon. Location: TBD
May 14th - Propagation workshop. Host: TBD. Location: TBD
Need help with your trees or information about the club? Email us at "[email protected]".