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 since 1964 has been teaching, promoting and practicing the art of bonsai for almost half a century.  

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 left. 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 included 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 info@bonsaicarolina.org. 

Meeting Location

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Botanical Gardens

Directions to Greenhouse and Gardens Visitor Parking:

GPS & Online Mapping Users: Use "9090 Craver Rd." for GPS or other mapping applications to locate the greenhouse. Using our mailing address will take you to the main entrance of the campus, but not to the greenhouse, specifically.

What follows are what we consider the simplest directions for visitors unfamiliar with the campus or University area. (Scroll down past parking information for links to alternate directions & maps).

via I-85
: Off I-85, take exit 46 east, Mallard Creek Church Rd. (Off 85 South that's a left, off 85 North that's a right). At the third stoplight (about 1.5 mi) turn RIGHT on to Bonnie Cone/Mary Alexander Rd. You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Michael Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the parking area.

via I-485: Take exit 32 (Hwy. 29) off I-485. Head west on hwy. 29, Tryon St. (off I-485 North, that's a left, off I-485 South, its a right.) The next main intersection past 485 is at Mallard Creek Church Rd. Take a LEFT onto Mallard Creek Church Rd. At the next stoplight, turn RIGHT onto Bonnie Cone/Mary Alexander Rd. You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Michael Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the parking area.


Botanical Gardens Visitor parking is located across Craver Rd. from the greenhouse.

  • There are 6 parking spots in that lot identified (with signs) for "gardens, greenhouse, and parking services visitors".
  • You may park in one of those spaces, but you must obtain a temporary parking permit from the Parking Services Office (building adjacent to lot). You will be issued a 4-hr, hang-tag permit for your rear-view mirror.

These permits ARE required Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. Permits are NOT required after 5 pm or on the weekend.

If the visitor spaces are full , you have a couple of other parking options, depending on when you are visiting. If you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, you may park in any parking space on campus that is not restricted by its own sign (like, ?reserved 24-hrs?, for instance). 
If you are visiting Monday through Friday, your additional parking options are metered spaces (there are a few down Craver Rd. on right), or the Visitor section of the East Parking Deck (adjacent to traffic circle, Cato Hall, and the edge of the Van Landingham Glen). For a campus map click here.

UNC Charlotte is located in northeast Charlotte (referred to as " the University area"). Campus can be reached by taking I-485, I-85, Hwy 29, or Hwy 49, depending on your location and familiarity with the area.

For directions to the MAIN CAMPUS entrance, see the UNC Charlotte website here.The Greenhouse & Gardens are on the east end of the campus, at the corner of Mary Alexander & Michael Craver Rd. If you come in the main entrance, look for signs directing you to the gardens and garden parking.Click here for a color campus map or on the directions link above for a Google Maps version.

To become a member of our organization, click here:  Membership Registration

To sign up for one of our workshops, click here: Workshop Reservation





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