TVBS Chattanooga Bonsai Show Apr.15-16th, 2023

Photo credit: Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society Facebook page

Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society Annual Show 2023

TVBS will have our annual show at The Master Gardener Show next weekend (April 15 and 16, 2023) at Camp Jordan. We would love all of our fans and followers to come out to see what our club has been doing. It’s a great chance to see a lot of high level/advanced bonsai up close and ask all your questions!

KBS Knoxville will have a few trees on display, come out and support all our bonsai artists across eastern Tennessee!


KBS New Year Schedule!

2023 Events

Interested in joining Knoxville Bonsai Society (KBS)?  Click on Membership Page for more details.

  • Meeting – January 14th from 10am-1pm.  Location: Stanley’s Greenhouse
  • Meeting – February 11th from 10am-1pm.  Location: Stanley’s Greenhouse
  • Collecting Trip – February 18th.  Location: Charlene’s woods
  • Workshop, Trident Maples – February 25th from 10am-4pm.  Location:  Dean and Gary’s
  • Workshop, Deciduous Trees – March 11th from 10am-5pm.  Location: Dat’s
  • Workshop, Repotting – March 18th from 10am-2pm.  Location: Mark and Pat’s
  • Meeting – April 8th from 10am-1pm.  Location: Dat’s     

Check back often for updates!  If you would like to host a KBS meeting/workshop at your house in 2023 please contact us!

KBS Fall 2022 Show October 15-16

Details for the Knoxville Bonsai Society Fall Show have been released!

Join us October 15-16th, 2022 for the KBS Fall Show. Shannon Salyer will be Guest Artist.

Show place: Dogwood center Bldg at Knoxville Botanical Gardens.

Saturday, Oct 15th

  • Set up from 8 to 10
  • Doors open: 10-6
  • Workshop:  BYOT (2 trees max) from 12-4. Cost $50.
  • Critique: 4:30 – 6

There will be a food truck on Saturday from 11 to 2:30

Sunday Oct 16th

  • Doors open: 9-3
  • Silent Auction: 9-2:30

We have 5 Vendors from neighboring Cities and States with their trees, bonsai pots and stands.

Awards for trees: Best small tree, best medium tree, best large tree, best of show and people’s choice.


Happy New Year – 2022

We want to welcome KBS Members and New Members a Happy New Year! It is coooold in Knoxville, TN this January, be sure to protect your trees from the winter weather, snow, and ice.

Event Schedule Updated for 2022!

Check out our schedule of upcoming KBS Meetings, Workshops (spring will be busy!) and Bonsai Shows around the East Tennessee region. Check back often for updates, or Contact Us to be added to the monthly email list.

KBS Meeting and Wiring Workshop Oct. 23rd

Meeting is this Saturday, Oct 23, from 10am to 1pm – Contact us for details!

Please bring your trees to work with. We will be there to help. You can bring conifer, tropical and deciduous. Please bring your tools and wires. We would like to teach/demo on wiring. We will have some juniper and deciduous branches and you guys can practice on wiring a branch!

July Members Meeting Sat. 17th, 10am

1 – Meeting is this Saturday, July 17, from 10 to 1 and it will be at Mark and Pat Phillip’s place. Contact us for address/location.  It is also Mark Birthday so we will have cake and ice cream!
2 – Please bring trees if you need help.
3 – The show preparations are going well and I have some updates:
  a. We have about 30 spaces for KBS members to display their trees.
  b. 6 spaces for Beginner trees. This is filled and the names of the people committed are Matt, Carol, Arvind, Joe. Q, Noah and Julian. Thank you. 
  c. 24 spaces for KBS Members.  Again as for right now I would like each Member to commit at least one tree and the names of the people committed are Dat. Tom, Wes,Jeff, Jacob, Dean, Randall, Gary, Noah, Amy, Mark, Mike, Kathy, Ryan, Ian, Shannon and Dan.  Thank you so much.  So I have 17 people committed. I need 7 more people. If your name is not on the list, please let me know by the end of July 18 by Contacting Us

2020 Winter Display Winner

  d. If I don’t hear from you, Then the committed people can add second tree. If I don’t have enough, then committed people can add third tree. and so on until spaces are filled.
4 – Set up and take down is on Friday & Sunday and people committed to help set up are Julian, Dat, Noah, Ken, Mike and Arvind.  If you would like to help, please let me know.  Set up is from 4 to 7. Rental will be bring the tables about 3.  Take down is on Sunday right after the show ended which is 3 PM.
5 –  I want to thanks Julian and Sandi for helping out by contacting Restaurant for the dinner on Saturday night.
6 – Dinner on Saturday night will be right after Bjorn’s critique and It will (as of right now) in the same bldg in the room where the workshop will be. Bjorn’s critique is from 5:15 to 7:00.  The cost for the dinner is $20 per person. Cash or check only.
It will be catering by Calhoun’s on the River.
FOOD:Pork RibsGrilled ChickenSmoked Beef BrisketCole SlawBaked BeansBaked Spinach MariaRollsApple Crisp PieCoffee and Tea.
We can bring our own Beers
We need head counts .  PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY EMAIL, PHONE, TEXT BY END OF JULY if you want to fellowship/DINNER with us.

KBS 20th Anniversary Bonsai Show – August 28th-29th

Join us for the 20th Anniversary Bonsai Show featuring guest artist Bjorn Bjorholm!

August 28th-29th at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Show Times:

Saturday 10am-5pm (Workshop mid-afternoon, full)

Sunday 9am-3pm (Silent Auction 9am-2pm; Demonstration 10:30-12:30)

Beautiful styled bonsai on display from local area artists of all categories. Vendors, silent auction, demonstrations, and judging competition open to the Public Free! Workshop for KBS and local-area club members (contact for details)

2021 Spring Workshops!

Spring is here! KBS workshop schedule has been announced for repotting, deciduous trees like Japanese Maples, and getting ready for Pines and Tropicals this summer. New Members are always welcome to attend and join in the new year.

Saturday, March 13th, KBS Meeting and Deciduous Workshop 10am-5pm at Shannon Salyer’s nursery. Contact Us for address.

Saturday, March 20th, Repotting Workshop will be at Tom Bjorholm’s house from 10-12.  Contact Us for address. 

Saturday, April 10th, KBS Members Meeting from 10-1 and it will be at Dat Tran’s house. Trees and pots for sale from previous KBS Members. Contact Us for details.
Also if you have black and red pines you can start feeding them to prepare them for June works.

If you come to the meetings and workshops, please wear your mask. Shannon will have some there.  We also will have hand sanitizer.  If you  want to host a meeting and you have the space at your place, please let me know!

KBS December Meeting & Holiday Lunch

If you live in east Tennessee, enjoy the deciduous tree colors and be sure to keep your pots and roots from freezing in this late fall/early winter weather!

Join KBS Members and New Members at the Knoxville Botanical Garden in December (date TBD). More details will follow.

December Reminders:
1 – We need to start planning for the 20th anniversary show next year in Aug 28th and 29th.

2 – Hope some of you were able to sign up with Bonsai Empire for their courses.

3 – 2021 membership. If you have not renewal your membership, please do so this Saturday.

KBS Workshop/PlayDay November 21st

KBS Meeting October 31st

The meeting this Saturday has been moved to October 31th. Soil will be finalized on this day.

November meeting is Nov 14th.

Mauro’s workshop on November 21th has been cancelled. COVID-19.

I have arranged a workshop day on November 21th for us. This will be free to all Members. You can bring 2-3 trees max. It will be from 10-6. Tom Duong has graciously accepted to come to help and critique your trees.
We will work on trees and each one can bring your tree up and Tom will help critique your tree for you.