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 Seasonal Seminar with Rodney Clemons

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

Join eductor Rodney Clemons 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 Jermome Kellerhals

Saturday July 16th at Callanwolde with Jerome Kellerhals of The Bonsai Supply to learn about styling and working tropical trees, especially ficus! Jerome will share a presentation on tropicals and host a question and answer session for our morning meeting. Later in the afternoon Jerome will teach a “bring your own tropical” workshop in the afternoon. We haven’t had a guest focusing on tropicals in years, so take advantage of this unique opportunity!

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

1:00pm – 4:30PM Tropical Bonsai Workshop – registration information will be announced soon.

Special Kusamono Demonstration and Workshop with Young Choe

Special Club Meeting on Saturday August the 6th! Young Choe will return to Atlanta for a morning Kusamono and Moss Ball Demonstration with a workshop in the afternoon to practice the same. Come and experince one of the club’s favorite presneters each year! Young is an energetic, enthusiastic presenter and always brings a mix of wild plants to our world.

Club Meeting from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Workshop from 1:00pm to 4:30pm Link to register coming soon

Club Auction and Fundraiser

Please join the club on August 20th, 2022 at The Ahlers Group Auction House for the club’s most important fund raiser of the year, our annual auction.

This is the best opportunity of the year to acquire quality bonsai, pottery, and bonsai related merchandise. If you are new to the hobby, this is your chance to build your collection.

If you have been in the hobby for some time, this is the moment of the year to “prune back” your collection, sell those items that have been gathering dust, or just make some space on your benches.

Check in for the Auction begins at 11:00am for sellers, with an auction preview at 1:00pm and the auction begins at 1:30 and goes until the last item is sold.

Japan Fest Exhibition and Kathy Shaner Presentation

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.

Kathy Shaner will also mark her return to Atlanta as our guest artist at the Exhibtion. We are working with Kathy now on a program appropriate for the exhibtion format, but expect a demonstration and walk through of the exhibtion.

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.

In the afternoon, 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.


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