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Bonsai Society of the Carolinas - Charlotte, NC

Promoting the appreciation and participation in the growth, design, and display of bonsai trees & miniature landscapes
Due to government restrictions on meetings and current "stay in place" rulings, the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas has
suspended all meetings & functions through June 30th.  We will update our calendar as the situation develops.

Welcome To Our Club

Our 2018 Award-winning Display at the NC Arboretum Bonsai Show made up of Shimpaku junipers, Kingsville boxwoods, 14 individual rocks

stacked to make the "mountain", and a working stream & waterfall !  The display was 11 feet long, 3 feet wide, and took 5 hours to assemble !

Welcome to the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas official web site. The BSC was the first bonsai club to be established in the Carolinas and the second on the entire East coast. Since 1964 we have been teaching, promoting, and practicing the art of bonsai.  

Our Club is made up of bonsai enthusiasts within about a 75 mile radius of Charlotte, NC, and meets on a monthly basis.  If you would like to find out what's planned for our meeting this coming month, see the side bar. Visitors are always welcome. 

Our Club members come from a wide variety of backgrounds but we all share a common love for the art of bonsai. Members include  knowledgeable artists who have been creating and growing bonsai for many years as well as novices who are just beginning to learn the art. If you have any questions or comments about our club, or this site, we can be contacted via email at  [email protected]

2020 Activities - see calendar on right - Visitors are welcome.

Lectures, demos, workshops:

Educational activities. We strive to improve our abilities as bonsai artists and enthusiasts by learning from masters, teachers, and experienced local members. See the side bar.

Featured Lecture / demo with Arthur Joura. Arthur has been bringing his unique slant on native bonsai to us for over 20 years. Arthur has studied in Japan and applies those techniques to our native material.  Arthur has been kind enough to do demos and talks at our Annual Bonsai Show each year in July, which is held at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, NC.  The show & talk is open to the general public.

Local and national artist workshops 

Several of our experienced members make presentations and hold work-shops during the year on subjects such as soil mixtures, repotting, pruning and wiring, propagation techniques, and styling.  We also try to have at least one "professional" bonsai artist do a demo and workshop for us each year.  In addition, we have "bring your own tree" workshops so you can bring your trees to work on and get guidance from our experienced members.  Check the calendar on the right and stay tuned for updates !

Social events 

We usually have a summer picnic in late summer, a club "auction" where members can buy & sell trees, and a Christmas Holiday party in December of each year.

Meeting Location

Be sure to check our newsletter and watch your email for meeting locations. We meet at one of the following locations depending on their schedules and our needs:

Central Piedmont Community College, Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Room LV2200, Matthews, NC 28105.

Bonsai Learning Center, 142 Hidden Harbor Rd, Mooresville, NC, 28117. 

Bonsai Society President Carl Maxwell's new home at 1516 Trevino Way, Waxhaw, NC  28173.

GPS, Online Maps, and directions are on our "About Us" page

To join us, click here:  Membership Registration



Best of Show at 2014 Winter Silhouette Show, Kannapolis, NC. Exhibited by Brad Russell and Brian Mercer

Best exhibit at 2014 Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC

2015 Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC

2016 Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC

2017Bonsai Expo, Asheville, NC

A few member trees from the Winter Silhouette Show. See more in the Photos tab at the top of this page.



As of April 1, 2021
1516 Trevino Way
Waxhaw, NC  28173


Carl Maxwell, President
(757) 575-9913


Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: By Appointment


79276 Ridgehaven Road, Lancaster, SC 29720

Special Offer -

New members get a free bonsai workshop with a $50 membership. You'll get a tree, pot, basic instruction. Go home with a tree you've styled with the help of an experienced club member. Our next "Bonsai 101 Class" will be held this fall in August or September, depending on the COVID forecast and regulations.  Check back often for updates. Join now. Click this link  Membership Registration  

2021 at a glanceDetails, time, and location will be posted here as available and depending on COVID regulations.  Meetings have been suspended for the first six months of 2021.

Proposed meetings:

July 10 - Bonsai Auction and Sale - bring items to sell and bid on available items.  Will start at 10 AM sharp and go until all items are sold.  Location TBA.

August 14th - Bonsai 101 class for new members and member workshop.  All items provided for new members.  Existing members can bring any tree to work on.  Location to be announced at later date.

September 11th -End of summer Picnic and Styling contest for members with trees received from Dave Hull or others.  Will also discuss and plan our next annual show.  Location TBA.

October 9th - Possible trip to John Geanangel's nursery in Columbia, SC.  Will meet at the IHOP at 8 AM on Cherry Road in Rock Hill for breakfast & to carpool.

Nov 13th - Collecting trip at Larry Morton's farm, 925 Surface Hill Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28277 10AM

Dec 11th - Annual Holiday Party and our Christmas Decorating Contest - decorate your favorite tree with holiday trimmings and bring it to show off!  Location to be announced.

Have Questions?

Need help with your trees or information about the club? Email us at "[email protected]".