Category Archives: KBS Members

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!

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 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 Fall 2019 Meetings Schedule

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 6th Annual Knox Asian Festival – it was a great success for KBS, displaying over twenty member trees, demonstrations, tree give-aways, and vendors!


We also gave out 400+ new KBS business cards, if you are interested in becoming a NEW MEMBER be sure to email Dat Tran and come to the next meeting this Fall:

  • Next meeting is next Saturday, September 7th, from 10-1 at Dat’s house.
  • October meeting is on Oct 5th from 10-1 and also at Dat’s house.
  • The 2019 Asheville EXPO Bonsai Show is coming up on October 12 and 13. This is the largest show on the Southeastern part of the US. It is at Asheville Arboretum.
  • Mauro Stemberger is coming to Knoxville again for workshop and it will be on Saturday, November 16, at my house from 9 to 6 with 1 hour for lunch.
  • November meeting will be on November 9 and it will be at Charlene’s place.

Knoxville Asian Festival August 25th!

Please join KBS on August 25th at World’s Fair Park for the 6th Annual Knoxville Asian Festival!

KBS will have 25-30 member styled trees on display, juniper demonstrations with give-aways announced on Facebook, and NEW THIS YEAR vendor table selling beginner trees and other bonsai materials.

More details can be found at the Knoxville Asian Festival Website and below:

At World’s Fair Park
August 25, 2019 • 11am – 8pm • FREE To The Public!
Booths & Food Open Until 6pm, Performances Until 8pm.


KBS Members Meeting August 10th!

Join us this for this month’s KBS meeting Saturday, August 10th from 10am-1pm.

Get your trees ready to display at the upcoming 6th Annual Knoxville Asian Festival!  Bring trees if you need assistance and tips for displaying your trees.  We need members to bring 2-3 trees each (total 25-30 trees).  We will have two vendor tables (Dat and Wes) and one area for demos (Eric and Volunteer).  I also need volunteers to take shifts at the Asian Festival to watch trees and help with set up and take down.

KBS Member polo shirts have arrived!  Bring your payment if you ordered your shirts.  See you Saturday August 10th!

June Meeting Saturday, June 8th – Ellenburg Landscape & Nursery

June Meeting will on June 8 and it will be at Ellenburg Landscape and Nursery from 9 to 12. The address is 722 Vanosdale Rd Knoxville, TN 37909.  I will be doing a workshop for them from 1 to 5.

They have offer to us a 25% discount for KBS members that will be there to help. If you would like to sign up for the class please call them at 865-769-6677 and ask for Scott Black.

KBS Meeting Sat. Feb. 9th

KBS Members and Welcome New Members!

Please mark on your calendar:

Again just a friendly reminder that the meeting is this Saturday, 2-9-19, at Dat’s house from 10-2. Bring your trees especially pine or juniper trees if you need help, or need to prepare your Display trees for the show.

The Winter Display show is Feb 16 & 17.

  • Set up is on Friday 15 from from 4 to 7.
  • Show times are: Saturday – from 10-5 and Sunday is from 10-3.
  • Shannon’s trident workshop at the show on Saturday, 2-16-19, from 12-4 and 8 people max. The cost is $30. This is bring your own trees to the workshop. He has trident seedlings for sell for 10 seedlings for $15. Please contact him if you need some.  This is the time of the year to work on Trident (trimming, cutting, grafting and re potting) so sign up!
  • The show silent auction – Please collect your bonsai items, tress, books, pots, etc… to donate to the silent auction!
  • Tim Weckman from KY will be our Vendor. Tim has lots of trees in pre-bonsai and bonsai for sale.