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.

Friday
Aug222014

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.

Members will offer an extensive exhibit of bonsai representing a wide range of plant varieties and styles. Unlike our annual bonsai show hosted at the Japanese Garden in the spring, this show will focus more on creativity than traditional display. It will be a fun event for

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Friday
Aug222014

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.

 

Monday
Jun232014

June 24th Meeting: Pests and other issues

Our own Lyle Feilmeir, a professional arborist and amateur bonsaist, will be our June presenter. We all have a lot to learn about the pests and how to protect our our bonsai. We're very lucky to have someone as knowledgeable in our ranks as Lyle.
In addition, our June meeting will also include the return of the Inspiration Table, an area in our meeting room where members can bring finished or semi-finished bonsai for feedback. Any member with a tree that is ready for opinions, please contact Al Polito via email with the subject
line "Tree to display."

Meeting starts at 7pm, Tuesday, June 24. Come a little early to network. Guests welcome. See directions.

 

Monday
May192014

May 27 Meeting: Ask and Answer Questions

Subalpine Fir Bud - Photo: Scott ElserOur May 27th meeting will be an informal work session. Members will be working on and talkng about their bonsai - pruning, wiring, restyling or just looking for ideas. This is an excellent opportunity to watch, ask questions and learn. If you have a tree with issues, get a free opinion. If you're looking for a tree, ask others about characteristics of their trees.

Pot and plant sale/swap will add to the interest. And, our usual list of vendors will be available with tools, wire, soil, fertlizers, etc. Guests welcome. See directions in the Calendar.

Wednesday
May072014

Portland Japanese Garden Annual Bonsai Exhibit May 17-18

Join our Annual Spring Bonsai Exhibit on May 17 & 18, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the Portland Japanese Garden. The public is invited to see and learn about the art of bonsai. A number of our members will be available to answer questions and will also be demonstrating techniques. The exhibit is free with Garden admission. This annual event includes some of the most creative and elegant examples of our organization's bonsai.


Our Annual Critique will be 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! Contact Robert Wofford for tickets.