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. 

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Upcoming Events

Bonsai Beginner’s Q&A. May 11th, 2022 at 7:00pm. A member led session to answer your pressing bonsai questions. Please join us via Zoom and have your questions ready to roll!

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Meeting ID: 896 2296 7937

Bonsai Yard Sale on World Bonsai Day!

We will once again be in the parking lot of the Ormewood Church on May 14th from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  This is a fun, easy “swap meet” style event.  Got trees you want to sell?  Bring them to the parking lot of the church on Saturday the 14th, unload them from the back of your car, and be ready to do business!  We are asking for a $20 donation from all sellers, to cover the cost of the space.  If you need directions to the church, look here: or if you just want to know more about world bonsai day, check this blog post out:

Club Meeting with Sergio Cuan to learn about decidious tree design
May 21st, 2022 10:00am – 12:00pm Sergio will make a presentation and host a discussion on decidious tree design.

Decidious Workshop 1:00 – 4:30pm
at Callanwolde

Bonsai Beginner’s Q&A. June 8th at 7:00pm. A member led session to answer your pressing bonsai questions. Please join us via Zoom and have your questions ready to roll!

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Club Meeting with Rodney Clemmons demonstrating techniques for “rock planting”.

June 25th, 2022 10:00am – 12:00pm

Workshop 1:00pm – 4:30pm

at Callanwolde

Beginner’s Seasonal Seminar with Rodney Clemmons

July 13th 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Callanwolde Conservatory

Join eductor Rodney Clemmons for an seminar discussing the basics of bonsai. Bring your tree, and Rodeny will evaluate, advise and discuss what you need to do for your plant. Please register in advance for this seminar, if you wish to bring a tree for discussion.

July Club Meeting with The Bonsai Supply to learn about styling and working tropical trees, especially ficus!

10:00am – 12:00pm Club Meeting and Demonstration

1:00pm – 4:30PM Tropical Bonsai Workshop

At Callanwolde

Club Auction
August 20th, 2022 At Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery

David Knittle – tentative October 22, 2022

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

Hands on Bonsai Workshop 1:30 – 5:00pm (please register in advance)

Raffle 5:30pm

Show Closes 6:00pm

Sunday 10/10/2021 Breakdown and Clean Up from 9:00 – 11:00am

Atlanta Bonsai Society Labor Day Cookout
Sunday 9/5/2021 from 12:00 – 5:00
Members only address provided via email.

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

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