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Since 1963, the Atlanta Bonsai Society has promoted the art of bonsai in north Georgia.  We provide programs for beginners, novices and experienced enthusiasts.  Our club meets monthly at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (ABG) and other bonsai related sites in the Atlanta area.  

This year’s calendar includes events at the ABG, Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Kenji Miyata Nuresery, the Gwinnett Koi Show.  We travel to engage others that share our interest in bonsai and related art forms.

Annual Club events

Each year the society has a spring show and exhibit.  It includes demonstrations, workshops, vendors, and the judging of specimen trees.

We also have a club auction in late summer.  This acts as a club fundraiser. Any item related to bonsai may appear in the auction.  We have had items ranging from Masakuni tools to lunar glow cherries.  Come and join the fun, find a bargain and help our club. 

That Atlanta Bonsai Society partners with the Atlanta Koi Club in the fall to provide a bonsai exhibition at the Koi Club show.  We do demos, sell bonsai materials and exhibit specimen trees. Koi and bonsai are a natural combination of Japanese art.  

Bonsai Workshops

We offer novice workshops led by club members and advanced workshops led by guest artists.  Since bonsai have needs based on the calendar our workshops are periodic.

Depending on artist demand, we may have more than one workshop session per weekend, so check the events page for times as the monthly meeting approaches. Please remain flexible with whether you can take morning or afternoon workshop. The cost of each workshop session is currently $60 for at least 3 hours, unless we are including tree or other materials, which may be extra. The club will provide wire to use at workshops and meetings; everything else you may need should be brought by workshop participant, including tree and tools.

Recent Guest Artists  

  • Young Choe
  • Rodney Clemons
  • Adam Jones
  • Kenji Miyata
  • Kathy Shaner
  • Tyler Sherrod

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Upcoming Events

 

Feb
22
Sat
Novice & Club Monastery Re-Potting Support Day @ Monastery of The Holy Spirit
Feb 22 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for a re-potting demo with Kathy Shaner at the Monastery of The Holy Spirit. There will be a short re-potting demo and then a work day re potting a bunch of Japanese Maples. We will pair novice and expert members together to get the work and learning done effectively. This is a great opportunity for everyone to work together and help out the Monastery.

Mar
13
Fri
Club Show @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Mar 13 @ 9:00 AM – Mar 15 @ 4:00 PM

This year’s Club Show at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens will be held on Saturday March 14 and Sunday, March 15.   Set up will begin on Friday March 13 and we could use all hands on deck for whatever amount of time and effort you can spare.  More details to come. We encourage all levels to participate by entering a tree in the show.

 

Apr
11
Sat
Morning Novice Workshop with Rodney Clemons @ Ormewood Church
Apr 11 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This intro workshop is a great way to get started in Bonsai. Instruction  will be provided by local Bonsai Master Rodney Clemons with assistance from club members and is open to all members.  A small fee covers the
cost of a tree, pot, soil, and materials to create a novice tree for the
students.

Afternoon Novice Workshop with Rodney Clemons & Ormewood Church
Apr 11 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This intro workshop is a great way to get started in Bonsai. Instruction  will be provided by local Bonsai Master Rodney Clemons with assistance from club members and is open to all members.  A small fee covers the
cost of a tree, pot, soil, and materials to create a novice tree for the
students.

May
16
Sat
Kusamono Presentation & Club Meeting @ Ormewood Church
May 16 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Presentation and workshop on Kusamono.  Kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays selected to suggest a season or place.

Guest artist: Young Choe <http://www.kusamonochoe.com/>

Kusamono Workshop with Young Choe @ Ormewood Church
May 16 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This is the paid Kusamono workshop with Young Choe.

Guest artist: Young Choe <http://www.kusamonochoe.com/>

Jun
13
Sat
Kenji Miyata Workshop & Demo @ Kenji's Nursery
Jun 13 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us at Kenji’s for a morning workshop and afternoon club meeting and demo. Signup for the workshop will be posted soon.

Jul
18
Sat
Bjorn Bjornholm Workshop and Demo @ Ormewood Church
Jul 18 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for a workshop and demo with Bjorn Bjornholm. 9:00 to Noon for the workshop and 1pm to 4pm for the club meeting and demo. Signups for the workshop will be posted soon.

Aug
22
Sat
Annual Fundraiser Club Auction @ Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery
Aug 22 @ 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Come find that special item.  All types of bonsai material available – trees, pots, tools!

  • Auction set up from noon until 1
  • Auction begins at 1 and goes until all items are done
  • Proceeds go to the Atlanta Bonsai Society for club expenses including guest artists.

Three Things Every Bonsai Needs

  1. Water every day.  If it’s an outdoor bonsai and it rained that counts. If it’s an outdoor bonsai in the winter with mulch; it might count.  When in doubt water them.  (Your soil should be set up to drain well and it will protect from root rot.)
  2. The right amount of light.
    Different varieties require different amounts of light.  You should also rotate your bonsai weekly to balance the light it gets per side.
  3.  No critters.  Watch for spider mites, powdery mildew and caterpillars.  Treat as found.

More Bonsai Care

Spider Mite Test

Place a white piece of printer paper under a tree branch and tap it.  If you see tiny (get your glasses) spots moving around on the paper after the taps; get the miticide. 

More Bonsai Care

Work for this Month

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