Bonsai Society of the Carolinas - Charlotte, NC

Promoting the appreciation and participation in the growth, design, and display of bonsai trees & miniature landscapes.

Welcome To Our Club

Our 2018 Award-winning Display at the NC Arboretum Bonsai Show made up of Shimpaku junipers, Kingsville boxwoods, 14 individual rocks

stacked to make the "mountain", and 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 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 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

2020 Activities - see calendar on right - Visitors are welcome.

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 Annual Bonsai Show each year in July, which is held at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, NC.  Keep watching for the date and time !

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 !

Social events 

We usually have a summer picnic in late summer, a club "auction" where members can buy & sell trees, and a Christmas Holiday party in December of each year.

Meeting Location

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:

Central Piedmont Community College, Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Room LV2200, Matthews, NC 28105.

Bonsai Learning Center, 142 Hidden Harbor Rd, Mooresville, NC, 28117. 

Bonsai Society President Carl Maxwell's house at 79276 Ridgehaven Road, Lancaster, SC  29720-6422.

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.



79276 Ridgehaven Road
Lancaster, SC  29720-6422


Carl Maxwell, President
(757) 575-9913


Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: By Appointment


79276 Ridgehaven Road, Lancaster, SC 29720

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. Our next "Bonsai 101 Class" will be held on April 11th at the Bonsai Learning Center. Join now. Click this link  Membership Registration  

2020 at a glanceDetails, time, and location will be in the newsletter or by email at least one week prior to event. Newsletters are posted on the Newsletter page when released, usually 7-10 days prior to meetings.

Jan 11 - "Dog Tree Swap" & soil mixes at CPCC Levine Campus 

Feb 8 - Repotting & Planning for

2020 NC Bonsai Expo - held at Bonsai Learning Center

Mar 14 - Root Over Rock workshop at Carl Maxwell's house, 79276 Ridgehaven Rd, Lancaster, SC 29720

Apr 4 - Road Trip to John Geanangel's bonsai nursery in Gaston, SC - will carpool from

IHOP, 2797 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC  29730 at 9 AM.

April 11 - Bonsai 101 Class and

Bring Your Own Tree workshop at Bonsai Learning Center.

May 9 - NC Arboretum Expo tree

selection & review at CPCC Levine Campus, Matthews, NC

June 6 - Bring Your Own Tree workshop at Carl Maxwell's house, 70276 Ridgehaven Rd, Lancaster, SC  29720.

June 12 -14 - NC Arboretum Bonsai Show - need members to help set up on Thursday & take down on Sunday.

June 27-28 - US National Shohin Show at NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC

July 11 - Review & selection of trees for our Annual Show and Bring Your Own Tree workshop

at Carl Maxwell's house.

July 17-19 - BSC Annual Show at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

Presentation by Arthur Joura.

Aug 8 - Annual Club Auction and Picnic at Carl Maxwell's House.

Sept 12 - Visiting Artist Demo and Workshop - artist to be announced at later date.  Will be held at Bonsai Learning Center.

Oct 10 - Day trip to Mr. Maple Nursery in Flat Rock, NC.  Will carpool from Walmart at 3000 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC.

Nov 14 - Collecting trip at Larry Morton's nursery in Mint Hill.

Dec 5-6 - Winter Silhouette Show held at NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC.

Dec 12 - Holiday Party, Board Elections, & Bonsai Christmas Decorating Contest !

Have Questions?

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