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RBS is an organization of bonsai enthusiasts at all skill levels. All interested are welcome.   Meetings are typically the 4th Monday of each month in Richmond's West end.   Please check the events calendar for details.

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Our montly meetings, unless otherwise noted in the events calendar, are at 7 p.m. of the 4th Monday of each month, and are usually held in the activity room of St. Mary's Woods,1257 Marywood Ln., Richmond, VA, 23229.

Visitors are welcome.



Recent news

August Newsletter Published

We have sent the  August newsletter. If you would like an electronic copy, email us at Printed copies should be in mail boxes soon.

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2014-2016 RBS Officers Elected

At the May picnic, RBS memebrs elected new officers for the 2014-2016 period, as well as 3 new Board of Director Members-at-large.

President: Thomas Sones

Vice President- Dan Kalman

Secretary- Ron Edwards

Treasurer- Jack Frye


Tommy Nguyen

Jonas Karlsson

Marc Chenault

In addition, Jan Griffith has been appointed Social read more »

RBS Facebook page

RBS members have a very active Facebook group. If you are a Facebook user, please join our group.!/groups/100739716654073/


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Potomac Bonsai Association web page

The Potomac Bonsai Association, of which RBS is a member organization, has a new website with a regional calendar and other resources. Be sure to check them out at


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Our club maintains a free lending library available to all club members.  The lending selection includes many magazines, books, and some videos – all on bonsai. 
This literature is available ONLY at our regularly scheduled meetings.  See Jan Griffith at our next meeting.

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Recent Blog Posts

Notes from Japanese Garden Presentation  thomas sones | 3/23/2010

Japanese Garden Notes   Thomas Sones

These are the notes I used during the presentation at our March meeting. The numbers correspond top slides.

2-  History: During the Han Dynasty, the emperor Wu Di (140-87 BC) established a garden containing three small islands, mimicking the Isles of the Immortals. These

Bonsai Soil Alchemy  thomas sones | 3/20/2010

Bonsai soil is the medium that transfers nutrients and oxygen to the plant’s roots.  There are many formulations for different plants, growing and drainage conditions. Some “experts” suggest using potting and/or topsoil for bonsai, and these small particle soils can be satisfactory for large plants in big containers.  However, these

Photographing Bonsai  thomas sones | 10/11/2009
Now that fall is with us, but leaves & foliage are still on your bonsai, this would be a great time to make a visual record of your bonsai’s appearance, and to compare it to a like picture without leaves (deciduous only). This comparison will
Bamboo Bonsai  thomas sones | 9/26/2009
Most people regard bamboo as a large, beautiful, invasive plant that is found in warmer climes, but it is really just a grass. Giant bamboo forests are found in Southeast Asia, but the plant is grown in many forms all over the world, even in
Trip to Little Five Azalea Nursery (by Randi Sharp)  thomas sones | 4/27/2009
On 2/29/09 I stopped by Little Five Azalea, located in Ashland off of Rt. 1, to take a quick look and see if I could find any prospective bonsai material. It was close to their 5 pm closing time for winter hours so looking would
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