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)

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.

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.

KBS September Field Trip

We all had a great time yesterday at Mark Issenberg’s nursery. He showed us his trees/plants and did a demo for us. Thank you Mark!

July Summer Heat

Soooooo hot. I made another shade cloth’s stand. The heat is killing the leaves.

Winter Bonsai Display – Feb. 15-16th


Join us Saturday and Sunday, February 15th-16th for the 2020 KBS Winter Bonsai Display at the Knoxville Botanical Garden!

Saturday February 15th – 10am to 5pm

Sunday February 16th – 9am to 3pm

Demonstration(s):  Noon to 2pm

Admission is free and open to the public.  We will be hosting a guest Bonsai Artist demonstration, performing a workshop, vendors selling bonsai items and beginner trees, and silent auction!


Download the Winter Show flier here and help us spread the word:

Knoxville Bonsai 2020 Winter Show

2020 KBS Meetings and Winter Display

Happy New Year Knoxville Bonsai Society!  The 2020 Event Schedule is updated.

2020 meeting dates coming up, mark your calendars for January 18th and February 1st, from 10am-1pm.  January meeting will be at Shannon’s and February meeting is at Tom’s.  For directions/locations please see KBS emails, or sign up (Contact Us Here!) to get on the mailing list.

Knoxville Bonsai Society will have a 2020 Winter Bonsai Show on Feb 15 & 16. Set-up is on Friday (Feb 14 from 4-6 PM and Saturday, Feb 15 from 8-10 AM)
The show will be held at the beautiful Knoxville Botanical Garden in the Dogwood Center BLDG. The address is 2743 Wimpole Ave. Knoxville, TN 37914
The schedules are:
Feb 14, Friday set-up from 4-6 PM
Feb 15, Saturday Set-up from 8-10 AM. Show starts from 10 to 5 PM.
Feb 16, Sunday, doors open from 9 and show end at 3 PM
The Guest Artist is Arthur Joura. Mr. Joura is the Bonsai Curator at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC.
We will have Silent Auction, Vendors, demo and workshop (more details later). Awards will be giving to best trees
We are inviting five other Bonsai Society clubs beside Knoxville club to participate and they are:
Asheville, NC
MABK (Johnson City)