The Bonsai Society of Portland, Oregon, promotes the art of bonsai through education. The Society meets monthly, presents guest speakers, shares bonsai knowledge, holds public exhibits, maintains a library of books, videos, maintains a mentorship program and holds social events.

Join the Bonsai Society of Portland and participate in an educational and pleasurable learning environment dedicated to the art of bonsai.


Member Holiday Party and Auction December 7 

The Bonsai Society of Portland Annual Holiday Party is an exciting event celebrating another successful year of growing our bonsai and our friendships through programs, study groups, guest artists, and many other activities. Open to all BSOP members and their guests, the event consists of a dinner, auction and raffle.

5:00 TO 9:00 PM

The evening begins with a social hour and potluck dinner followed by our annual auction and a raffle. Admission is $15 at the door. Please note that if you buy a ticket at the door, you still need to bring a potluck item.

A-H Appetizer/Hors d’oeuvre
I-R Side Dish/Salad
S-Z Dessert


November 25 Presentation by Larry Jackel

Thanks to Larry Jackel, bonsai director of the Denver Botanic Gardens and author of "Ponderosa Pines as Bonsai," for an excellent presentation on the natural form of bonsai. Larry's book is available. Contact Larry for details.

Comparing images taken while collecting in Colorado and Wyoming, Larry will explored "The Natural Form" and how the tree teaches us about bonsai design. Larry's best teacher of bonsai has been the wild tree in its natural environment. Larry also offered a design analysis for several trees brought in by members.  

An additional thank you go Dan Robinson from Puget Sound Bonsai Association for his help in bringing Larry to Portland. 


October 18th Exhibit, Demonstration and Marketplace 

The public is invited to an educational event to inspire interest and appreciation in the art and culture of bonsai.

For most Westerners, the art of the bonsai tree is a mystery. For members of the Bonsai Society of Portland, bonsai is a living art worth sharing. On October 18th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., we will present an exhibit, demonstration, and marketplace at the Milwaukie Center educate people about the aesthetics and techniques of this ancient but evolving art form.

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Bonsai Collection for Sale/Auction September 23rd

We have recently received a large number of trees through the generous donation. They are currently being cared for by several of members. At our Septemberr 23rd meeting, a number of these will be offered for sale or auction.

The value of these trees varies from starter to pre-bonsai. Members should come prepared to purchase or bid. Non members should consider membership to be able to participate in this opportunity.

In addition, we'll have an excellent presentation by Ted Matson. It should be a very insightful meeting.


September 23rd Meeting: Ted Matson Critique and Talk

We're happy to welcome Ted Matson for a return visit. This meeting will be similar to the very successful format from a few months ago. Ted will talk briefly about seasonal topics, then offer a critique of bonsai from our members. His observations and suggestions are always refreshing, insightful and instructonal.

Over the past 40 years, Ted has perfected his eye and his techniques. He delivers workshops and demonstrations across the nation. His bonsai have won awards and recognition internationally. At the PNBCA 2012 Convention, Ted described Portland as "the epicenter of bonsai in the United States" based on the number and quality of artists, potters and collectors in the area.

The critique is open to all members. Ted will review as many trees as possible within the 2-hour meeting format. Members may bring 2 trees. Shohin may also be included in the critique.

The meeting starts at 7pm, Tuesday, September 23. Come a little early to network. As always, guests are welcome to attend. See directions.