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.


March 25 Meeting: Get your hands dirty

Due to a last-minute cancellation by our presenter, our March 25 meeting will be a great opportunity to get a little more repotting done! 

Even as spring on a rampage and in an unusual move, the city's cherry trees are peaking at the same time the plum trees are, we're all in a rush to get things repotted with this accelerated schedule! Bring your premixed soil, no exceptions! Our vendors will be on hand with pre-mixed bonsai soil should you wish to purchase it.

Bring a tree or two to work on

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February Meeting: Ryan Neil and Scott Elser's Douglas Fir Journey

On Tuesday, February 25, we'll see the next installment of Ryan Neil and Scott Elser's journey with Douglas Firs. A year ago Ryan and Scott each introduced us to a Douglas Fir in need of a basic styling. Their obserrvations as they styled their trees was most insightful. They returned in the fall to review the consequences of the styling and care decisions they had made. We learned from Ryan that styling a tree is like the opening line of a conversation. The tree answers back by deciding which branches, of the ones chosen by the bonsai practitioner, it wants to devote energy to, and which to let go. Then the bonsai practitioner picks up the conversation by working with what the tree has decided. With Douglas-firs, as in other "elongating species" conifers, you can see what the tree has decided by observing the quantity of buds along a twig.

Ryan and Scott will provide their next input as they repot these trees.


Spring Bonsai Show at Portland Japanese Garden

An exhibit of great bonsai with ongoing demonstrations and exhibit tours. May 17 & 18, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Free with Garden admission.

Please remember that there are new parking regulations in effect for Washington Park. There are now parking meters in the Japanese Garden & Washington Park lots. There is no longer parking along the upper drive to the Japanese Gardens.

Staging will be on Friday May 16th, beginning at 8 a.m. and striking will take place Sunday, May 18th at 6 p.m. 


Our Annual Critique will take place Saturday evening, beginning at 6:30. The critique is for Bonsai Society Members only. This year's guest artist will be Ryan Neil and the critique length has been extended to 90 minutes! More details later.


Annual Meeting and Sale in New Location

View Larger Map Our January 28th meeting is the once-a-year business meeting to summarize the 2013 activities of the organization. We'll meet at our new location: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5415 Southeast Powell Boulevard in Portland. . Enter from the parking lot in the back of the church. Parking and entry are accessible from 55th Ave.

We'll make this meeting a little more intersting with a sale and silent auction of pots, tools and trees. The items are from donations and Heritage Program. About 6 tables of material will be available. For sale items include about 20 pots of moderate quality (up to about $25) and two dozen trees varying in age from starters to fairly old. Prices on trees are all under $50. Some additional pots will be on hand for swapping. This is an excellent opportunity for beginners and intermediate bonsai artists to acquire good material at reasonable prices. Come early for sales and networking.


Bonsai Society Members Display Trees at Portland Japanese Garden's Open Pavilion

BSOP members will display bonsai in various stages of development at the Pavilion in the Portland Japanese Garden between February 16 and 22. This is part of the Garden's week-long event. Kado, Chado, Bonsai: The Arts of the Japanese Garden.

Photo: Robbie RobinsonThis new series of half-day sessions introduces ikebana, tea, and bonsai and explores the relationship between these practices and the art of the Garden itself. Curators Sadafumi Uchiyama and Diane Durston preface the series by providing a context ifor understanding how these three related art forms contribute to the art of the garden. This presentation will begin with a viewing of the film Dream Windows: Reflections of the Japanese Garden. Ikebana teacher Dr. James Skog introduces Kado, the Way of Flowers; Tea teacher Jan Waldmann introduces Chado, the Way of Tea; and bonsai artist, teacher, and author Dave DeGroot introduces the Art of Bonsai in this weeklong series of special programs.

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