Atlanta Bonsai Society

Since 1962, 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 Callanwolde Center for the Arts, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (ABG) and other bonsai related sites in the Atlanta area. 

Our PayPal Address is AtlantaBonsai@gmail.com 

Upcoming Events:

Beginner’s Zoom Q&A

On September the 14th at 7:00pm the club will host a Zoom Question and Answer session. This is your chance to get your bonsai questions answered, if not by a professional, by experienced members of the club. No tree is too small nor question to simple for these sessions. Just sign into the zoom call and ask away! It’s free to all and a great way if you just need a little help.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83552051254

Meeting ID: 835 5205 1254

Japan Fest Exhibition

Welcome the return of Japanfest back to Atlanta with a special two day club exhibition. The club is sponsoring a bonsai display at JapanFest on Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th at the Gas South Convention Center.. Please see the JapanFest webiste for details: https://www.japanfest.org/ This is a well attended event is a chance to put bonsai in front of a very large and very intersted crowd! We are excited to return to Japanfest after an absence of many years. We would like to encourage our memebers to attend, display a tree and be on hand to speak to the public. There will be traditional Japanese Arts, merchandise vendors and lots of exciting food options!

October Beginner’s Seminar with Rodney Clemons

Join local bonsai professional Rodney Clemons on Wednesday October 19th at 7:00pm at the Conservatory at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for a beginners seminar. Register at the link below if you would like to bring a tree and have Rodney offer his advice, comments or just whack on your tree! If you don’t have a tree to bring, please come join us and listen to the discusison, our talk about seasonal bonsai work in Atlanta, or just to have fun on a weeknight. If you want to bring a tree, we are charging a whopping $5.00 for the session!

October Club Meeting and Workshopwith David Knittle

On October 22, 2022, 10-am – 12pm David Knittle woodworker and bonsai stand maker will give a presentation on the finer points of bonsai display stands and how they are built. Expect to learn about the construction, wood types and the finishing techniques that seperate a great stand from a merely good one. We will meet at the Callanwolde Fine Arts center.

In the afternoon, once we take a lunch break, David will lead a very special workshop where under his guidance you will construct your own bonsai stand from a kit of wooden parts that David will provide. This is a very unual opprotunity to learn to build and finish your own display stand.

November Beginner’s Zoom Call

On November the 9th at 7:00pm the club will host a Zoom Question and Answer session. This is your chance to get your bonsai questions answered, if not by a professional, by experienced members of the club. No tree is too small nor question to simple for these sessions. Just sign into the zoom call and ask away! It’s free to all and a great way if you just need a little help.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86880764324

Meeting ID: 868 8076 4324

November Club Meeting with Kathy Shaner at Callanwolde

Join in with the club for the long awaited return of Kathy Shaner on November the 19th at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. November’s meeting will feature a presentation on and demonstration of Fall Decidious work from 10:00am to 12:00pm. We’ll take a break for lunch together and then have an afternoon workshop from 1:00 – 4:30pm.

December Beginner’s Zoom Call

On December 7th at 7:00pm the club will host a Zoom Question and Answer session. This is your chance to get your bonsai questions answered, if not by a professional, by experienced members of the club. No tree is too small nor question to simple for these sessions. Just sign into the zoom call and ask away! It’s free to all and a great way if you just need a little help.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84307809177

Meeting ID: 843 0780 9177

December Holiday Party!

On December 17th, at the Retreat at Callanwolde, we will gather for our annual Christmas Party! It may be the slowest month of the year on the bonsai calendar, but we can still gather together, enjoy each other’s company and have a good time. This year, we will meet, socialize, talk tiny trees and play a few silly holiday games. Everyone is encourgaged to bring their favorite holdiay foods and drink!

Past Events in 2021

January 16th, 2021
Sami Amdouni – Potter – Virtual 4-6pm

February 20th, 2021
Tyler Sherrod – Grafting and Potting – Virtual 10-noon

March 20th, 2021
Jonas Dupuich – Strategies for Long-term Development of Quality Bonsai – Virtual 1-3pm

April 17th, 2021
Eli Akins of Waldo Street Pottery & Russell Baggett Talk Yamadori – Virtual – 10am-Noon

May 15th, 2021
Rodney Clemons – Air Layering Demo – Virtual 10-noon

June 19th, 2021
Adair – Workshop on Pine Decandling
10am to Noon – Workshop On-Site – SIGN UP IS REQUIRED AND LIMITED!
1:00-3:00pm – Adair Garden Tour – On-Site & Virtual – free to all members

July 17th, 2021
Kusamono with Young Choe at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center Retreat House

980 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
10:00am to Noon – Demonstration
1:00-4:30pm – Workshop – SIGN UP REQUIRED AND LIMITED

August 21st, 2021
Club Auction & Fundraiser
Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery
10:00am – 12 noon Check In for Sellers
1:00-4:00pm for Auction

Atlanta Bonsai Society Annual Exhibtion at the Atlanta Botanic Gardens located in Day Hall. Admission to the gardens is free with your ABS membership. This is a great opporuntiy to display a tree, view bonsai from collections around our area and enjoy the Botanic Gardens.

Thurday 10/7/2021 Set up and tree drop off from 4:30pm until 7:00pm. Please go to the “back gate” of the gardens off Piedmont Road, if you need to drive in with a tree.

Friday 10/8/2021 from 9:00am – 7:00pm

Judging 9:15 – 10:00am

Educational Walk Through and Critique 10:00am – 12:00pm

Bonsai Demonstration 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Informal Banquet 7:30pm at Dim Sum Heaven on Buford Highway

Saturday 10/9/2021 from 9:00 – 6:00pm

EducationalWalk Through and Critique 10:00am – 12:00pm

September 18th, 2021
Field trip to John Godfrey’s to talk about collecting local species. Address will be provided via email to members.

October 8th-9th – Club Exhibition
On October 8th -9th the club will host our annual Bonsai Exhibition in the Day Hall of the Atlanta Botanic Gardens.  Set up will be the afternoon and evening of the 7th.  Our guest artist for this year’s exhibition will be Tyler Sherrod of Dogwood Studios.  

Styling: Rodney Clemons Pot: Gary Allumbaugh also with The Bonsai Study Group at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Annual Club Events

The club has planned calendar of events each year. Each Spring the club will sponsor an annual bonasi exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. In late Summer the club hosts an auction fundraiser each year. This is the club’s primary fundraiser. All proceeds go directly back into the club to support our monthly activities. For the remaining months of the year the club focuses each month on a seasonally appropriate topic, usually presented by a professioanl bonsai artist. Past Topics have included: Repotting techniques, how to judge a bonsai exhibition, how to care for tropical bonsai, accent plants and moss balls, seasonal work for pines, seasonal work for junipers and fall seasonal work for decidious trees.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens – Styling: Rodney Clemons Photo: Matt Defrain

Bonsai Workshops

We offer novice workshops led by a local bonsai professional and advanced workshops led by various guest artists.  Since bonsai have needs based on the calendar our workshops are seasonal in nature.

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 $75 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
  • Jerome Kellerhals
  • Sergio Cuan
  • Eli Akins

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Styling: Rodney Clemons – Monastery of the Holy Spirit