Saturday, October 11, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 12, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The North Carolina Arboretum will host the 19th annual Carolina Bonsai Expo Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, 2014. Featuring juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and an ikebana exhibit provided by the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International, the Expo is the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast and the most popular plant show hosted by the Arboretum.

The Expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians. Deciduous bonsai specimens on display in the garden often feature brilliant autumn color during this time of year.

The Carolina Bonsai Expo is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($12 per personal vehicle).

Participating Bonsai Clubs  

North Carolina

Blue Ridge Bonsai Club, Asheville
Bonsai Society of the Carolinas, Charlotte
Cape Fear Bonsai Society, Wilmington
Piedmont NC Bonsai Association, Winston Salem
Triangle Bonsai Society, Raleigh

South Carolina

Black Creek Study Group, Columbia


Knoxville Bonsai Society, Knoxville
Mid-Appalachian Bonsai Kai, Johnson City
Nashville Bonsai Society, Nashville


Hinoki Bonsai Club, Roanoke
Mountain Empire Bonsai Society, Wytheville
Tidewater Bonsai Club, Suffolk
Virginia Bonsai Society, Norfolk


Atlanta Bonsai Society, Atlanta


Susquehanna Bonsai Club, Harrisburg  

Bonsai Marketplace Vendors

Adams Bonsai, Lynchburg, VA
Bonsai Learning Center, Charlotte, NC
Meco Bonsai, Lancaster, PA
Meehan’s Miniatures, Rohrersville, MD
Mike Brawley Bonsai, Charlotte, NC
Nature's Way Nursery, Harrisburg, PA
Osiga Company, Ellicott City, MD
Tall Pines Bonsai, Columbia, SC
Turnbull Creek Bonsai, Burns, TN
Wild Things Bonsai Studio, Hartville, OH

Guest Artist

The 2014 Carolina Bonsai Expo guest artist is David DeGroot, of Federal Way, WA

Ask any person knowledgeable about bonsai in the US to name the top 3 public bonsai collections in the country, and the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection in Federal Way, WA will almost certainly be on the list. David DeGroot has been the curator of that collection since its inception, more than 25 year ago. He is an award-winning designer and author, who has been studying and practicing bonsai since 1972. He has studied bonsai in Japan with Yasuo Mitsuya, satsuki azaleas with Tatemori Gondo and Hayata Nakayama, and display with Uhaku Sudo. His educational journal articles have been published throughout the U.S. and in eight other countries, and his first book Basic Bonsai Design is now in its 7th printing. His new book Principles of Bonsai Design will be published this year. David is an engaging teacher and an entertaining speaker who travels widely to lecture, and has presented programs across the U.S. and in Brazil, Canada, China, England, South Africa, and Venezuela. He is active with several bonsai organizations in the Puget Sound area, and has served 2 terms on the board of directors of the American Bonsai Society. His understanding of the design principles that make bonsai an art form is matched only by his expertise in the horticultural aspect of it. David was the Expo guest artist in 1999 and we are proud to have him return!












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