For the foreseeable future, all RBS activities are cancelled.

Our monthly meetings, typically at 7 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month, are usually held in the Community room or activity room of St. Mary’s Woods, 1257 Marywood Ln., Richmond, VA, 23229. Please check the individual event listings on the calendar for changes,updates and details.

We are happy to announce that the RBS web page now has the ability to accept online payments for paid workshops, activities, and MEMBERSHIP. You can use any credit or dept card or a Paypal account now via the Membership, Event Registration, and Purchases Page.

CANCELLED! Bonsai Basic Class Series @ St. Mary's Woods
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

For the foreseeable future, all RBS activities are cancelled.

2020 Bonsai Basics Classes

RBS is offering a  series of Bonsai Basics classes to members using junipers in winter/spring 2020.  For those that want to expand their bonsai skills or refresh their skills, this is the class for you.  The classes will be taught by Dave Barker and will be comprised of three monthly sessions in the hour prior to the start of the regular bonsai meeting – at 6 pm before February, March, and April meetings.

The class will run 50 minutes, from 6:00 to 6:50, composed of 20 minutes of lecture and 30 minutes of practical application – working on your tree.  The first session will expose the nebari, find the front of the tree, and cleaning the branches in preparation for wiring.  The second session will involve initial pruning of the tree and then wiring main branches in place.  In the third session, the tree will be root pruned, put in a pot with bonsai soil and finished.

The cost of the basics class is for materials:  $25 for a 1 gallon juniper, pot, and scissors; $20 for a tree and pot only; $10 for scissors only; and free to members if you are supplying the juniper, pot, and scissors.  Any juniper is acceptable – procumbens nana, shimpaku, shore juniper, parsonii, etc.   Wire and bonsai soil will be provided.  The class is limited to 12 members, with sign-up and payment beginning at the January meeting.   There are 7 spots remaining.  If you missed the January meeting, you can sign-up by sending an email to Dave Barker at indicating you want to join the class.  Once spots are filled, a waiting list will be created.  Payment for the class is due at the first class.

All RBS members can be silent observers at the class to review basic skills and watch the bonsai creation process.  Experienced members are requested to assist with members of the class beginning at 6:20, after the lecture portion of the class.

All classes will occur in the Community Room of St. Mary’s Woods Retirement Community, unless otherwise noted.