Bonsai Society of the Carolinas - Charlotte, NC

Promoting the appreciation of, and participation in, the art of bonsai

Welcome To Our Club

Our award winning display at Bonsai Expo 2018

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, 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

2019 Activities - Visitors are welcome

Lecture, demo, 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, July 13, 2019. 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 .

Local and national artist workshops 

Covering correcting problem trees, species specific workshops, member collecting trip

Social events 

Featuring picnic, bonsai nursery tour, holiday party 

Meeting Location

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 or Bonsai Learning Center, Mooresville, NC

GPS, Online Maps, and directions are on our "About Us" page

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.


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  

2019 at a glanceDetails, 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 12 - Dog swap & wiring w/s 

Feb 9 - Collecting safari

Feb 22-24 & Mar 1-3 - Spring Show

Mar 9 - Introduction to bonsai 101

Apr 13 - TBD

May 11 - Wiring and styling

June 8 - Member picnic & auction

June 28-30 - US Natl Shohin Show

July 12-14 - Member show  at Stowe

July 13 - Authur Joura demo

Aug 10 - Introduction to bonsai 101

Sept 14 - Styling workshop

Oct 5 - Expo tree selection & prep

Oct 12-13 - Bonsai Expo, Asheville

Nov 9 - Master demo and &w/s

Dec 7-8 - Winter Silhouette Show

Dec 14 - Holiday party

Have Questions?

Need help with your trees or information about the club? Email us at