ABS provides a listing of bonsai clubs in the USA and Canada. Established in 1967, the American Bonsai Society, Inc. is the pioneering national bonsai organization. As a non-profit corporation, its purpose is to promote knowledge of and interest in bonsai and to serve as a national focal point for bonsai fanciers. They publish a Bonsai Journal, hold conventions for members and provide a variety of educational and support services to the bonsai community.
Bonsai Clubs International is a non-profit educational organization which seeks to advance the art of bonsai and related arts through the global sharing of knowledge. Their goals are to educate while promoting international friendship and solidify world relationships through cooperation with individuals and organizations whose purpose is consistent with theirs.
National Bonsai Foundation is a section 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1982 to sustain the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. (see below) It cooperates with the U. S. National Arboretum by offering financial support and advice to the Museum. This private/public collaboration between the Foundation and the Arboretum enables the Museum to promote the art of bonsai and penjing to visitors through masterpiece displays and educational programs while also fostering intercultural friendship and understanding.
The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. and began when Japanese bonsai enthusiasts in the Nippon Bonsai Association donated 53 bonsai and 6 viewing stones to the people of the United States to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. The collection has grown steadily with the addition of pieces from American bonsai masters and penjing from China. Today, 3 pavilions house about 150 plants. The International Pavilion is a focal point that celebrates the related art forms of viewing stones and ikebana, a Japanese style of flower arranging. Throughout the year, you may also find exhibits featuring the work of local bonsai enthusiasts and pieces from the permanent collection with special seasonal interest in the Special Exhibits Wing of the International Pavilion.
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, Phone: 828-665-2492.
There are more than 100 display-quality specimens in the bonsai collection at The North Carolina Arboretum, and more plants than that in various stages of bonsai development. All of the plants in this extensive collection have been either donated by private individuals or created at the Arboretum from seedlings, cuttings, nursery culls or plants collected from the landscape. What makes the Arboretum's bonsai endeavor unique among all other public collections in the United States is the conscious development of a regional interpretation. Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will find the art of bonsai expressed with a Southern Appalachian accent.
Every year since 1996 the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville has hosted the Carolina Bonsai Expo on the second weekend of October. The 2021 Show has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. Will announce the 2022 show as soon as info is available. This free event features the juried work of bonsai enthusiasts from more than 14 bonsai clubs in a six-state region of the southeastern United States. It is well attended by bonsai enthusiasts from around the region. The two day event always features a special guest bonsai artist to provide educational programs for the public and a critique of the show for the benefit of the participating clubs. Every year the Expo includes free educational programing, a exhibition of bonsai produced by the participating clubs, plus various workshops and lectures. In addition a bonsai marketplace is available to visitors featuring plants, pots, tools and books for sale by numerous bonsai vendors from throughout the U S. An exhibition of ikebana (Japanese art of flower arranging) is also part of the weekend as well as a public auction of bonsai and related items on Sunday afternoon. Click the link above for more information on this year's Carolina Bonsai Expo plans.
The Bonsai Learning Center is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a full service bonsai nursery and teaching center. It is an excellent place to learn more about bonsai and to share with others the joys and experiences which come with the practice of this ancient and exciting art form. 142 Hidden Harbor Road, Mooresville, NC 28117 Phone: (888) 216-6327 HOURS: Monday - Saturday by appointment.
Information provided by Mr. Howard Kazan, a noted North Carolina bonsai artist and teacher. He has been practicing bonsai for over 30 years. His comments below were originally published in the newsletters of the Triangle Bonsai Society in Raleigh and is used by permission of Mr. Kazan. The reference herein to the 'Triangle Area' is a N.C. region which includes the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, which are located about 3 hours north and east of the metro Charlotte area. The climate will be a little different there... but not much. If you live in a different climate zone, the suggestions made herein might have to be adjusted. The Triangle area is slightly colder than Charlotte, but for the most part, the advice Mr. Kazan provides is entirely applicable to Charlotte