Atlanta Bonsai Society

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.  

2021 Club Events

Many events in 2021 will be virtual. This will be noted and login info for the virtual meeting will be emailed a few days before the event.

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

September 18th, 2021
Field trip to John Godfrey’s to talk about collecting local species.

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

The rest of 2021 will be posted soon!

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

Annual Club Events

We will have a club auction in late summer.  This is the club’s primary fundraiser. All proceeds go directly back into the club to support our monthly activities. 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.  All club members are welcome to auction off items. Anyone, even non-club members, are welcome to bid! More details to come as we approach the event.

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. 

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

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

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Styling: Rodney Clemons – Monastery of the Holy Spirit