Events

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.

To register as a 2018 PBA Spring Festival Volunteer : here.

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Mar
3
Sat
Special Meeting: Mountain Landscape Workshop Part 2 @ St, Mary's Woods
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Feb./March Landscape Workshop Part 3. Saturday, March 3, 1 pm

This is the 3rd and final part of this workshop. All members are invited to attend, but only members who registered and participated in the previous parts will actually complete the workshop.

This 2 workshop will include stone conglomerate, plant prep, and planting. 
 
Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools to this workshop. Minimum tools required are small bonsai shears or scissors, wire tools cutter and jin tool (needle nose pliers), chopstick (provided),  a table spoon. If you don’t have tools, tools will be available to borrow. 
In this workshop participants will: prep their pots and attach the stone arrangements to their pots, prep their selected plants and plant them in *pots provided, landscape their Saikei and cover the soil surface with the sphagnum moss provided and water in.
The following is provided for this workshop: one, 3-7 year old Kingsville Boxwood Compacta, two-three, 1-2 year old Kingsville Boxwood Compacta , +pots (hard composite Bonsai trays, selected & drilled for this workshop), chop sticks, soil with added organic compost, wire 1.5, for attaching stone and trees to the pot, spray bottles, sphagnum moss. Participants may bring their own live green moss. Additional trees will be available for purchase by workshop participants. 
 
*POTS…If you wish to bring a ceramic pot at this stage, please make sure your stone conglomerate arrangement will fit it.
    

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Mar
10
Sat
RBS Beginner Bonsai Workshop @ The Great Big Green House
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Unfortunately, hands on participation in the workshop with materials is completely full. HOWEVER, we encourage everyone to come and observe the workshop and learn the process. Registration is not necessary to observe.

WHAT:  Come join the members of the Richmond Bonsai Society and learn about the art and science of growing and training bonsai (bone–sigh) trees.  You will learn how bonsai are developed, the types of trees suitable and you will create your own bonsai to take home and enjoy.  Plants and pots and other materials are provided.  Come, learn and have fun!!  (Price includes 2018 RBS membership, a $25 value)

workshop tree

WHEN:  Saturday, March 10, 2018, Starting promptly at 10:00 A.M. and ending by 12:30 P.M.

 WHERE:  Great Big Greenhouse, Huguenot Village Shopping Center, 2051 Huguenot Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23235-4305

COST: Workshop Fee is $35.00 paid in advance; but is completely full.

 Contact: info@richmondbonsaisociety.org

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Mar
25
Sun
BYOT Workshop with Frank Mahalic @ The Great Big Green House
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Bring Your Own Tree workshop will be from 2-5 pm at the Great Big Green House and cost members $50. It will be limited to 8 participants, first come, first served. Registration is available on line on our Membership and Event Registration page or at a regular meeting. In addition, Frank will be at the March meeting the following day to do a styling demonstration and that tree will be raffled to members when he is done.

NOTE: You must be a RBS member, PAID for 2018, to participate in this workshop and, unfortunately, is NOT for beginners.

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Mar
26
Mon
March Meeting: Frank Mahalic Demo @ St. Mary's Woods Living Facility
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Frank Mahalic will be here to do a styling demonstration. Afterwards, the tree that he styles will be raffled off to a club member!

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Apr
23
Mon
April Meeting: repotting workshop @ St. Mary's Woods Assisted Living Center Community Room
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our regular April meeting will be a re-potting workshop. Members should bring their own materials and tools, as well as soil to re-pot trees as needed. Experienced members will be around to assist as needed.

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Apr
28
Sat
RBS at Maymont’s Herbs Galore & More @ Maymont Park
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

In an effort to attract new members, RBS will be had a display table and will selling starter trees at Maymont’s Herbs, Galore & More event. Entry into the event is $5. Please stop by if you are interested in bonsai or have questions. RBS members will be needed as volunteers throughout the day.

Herbs Galore & More

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May
15
Tue
Intermediate/Advanced Workshop with Mauro Stemberger @ The Great Big Green House
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced BYOT Workshop with Mauro Stenmberger. May 15, 9am-4pm, at the Great Big Green House. This workshop is for intermediate and advanced practitioners. Beginners are welcome to watch for free, but should no register as a participant. Registration cost in $85 and is via our Membership, Event Registration, and Purchases Page.

Mauro’s Stemberger’s Web site is http://www.italianbonsaidream.com/ and FB page is https://www.facebook.com/Mauro-Stemberger-Italian-Bonsai-Dream-305593162806954/

 

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May
20
Sun
RBS Annual Picnic and Auction @ Byrd Park
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

You are cordially invited to the Annual RBS Picnic and Auction, Sunday, May 20, 2-5 p.m. This event will take place at the Carillon Shelter at Byrd Park in Richmond.

This event is a great way to socialize with the club members and find bonsai plants, pots, tools, and other supplies for a great price. RBS will supply the main dish (BBQ Sandwiches), ice, drinks, paper goods, and utensils. Members should bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Auction items should arrive from 2-3 pm, we’ll eat at 3 pm, and the auction will begin about 3:30. You must be a current RBS or PBA member to sell or bid on items at the auction (but you can join that day).  A minimum 20% from each sale is donated automatically to the club, but you keep the rest of the sales. Typically, members bring 3-5 items each to sell. If you have more than that, consider grouping them into lots. Also, please limit items to bonsai related plants, tools, pots, books, etc… Members with items to sell must arrive early (2 pm) to fill out the required form.

In addition, we will be electing officers for the 2018-2020 term. Anyone interested in running should contact Ron or Randi. Also, this event will serve as our regular meeting for the month of May. There will be no meeting on May 28.

The Carillon Shelter is near Barker Field and the Toll Booth. The closest searchable address is for the Carillon, (1300 Blanton Ave, Richmond, VA 23221) which is nearby. There is another shelter closer to Maymont’s Nature Center, so do not get them confused. Watch for “RBS” signs marking the path to  teh shelter.

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Jun
20
Wed
RBS & RVA Maker’s Forum Beginner’s Workshop with Indoor Bonsai @ St. Mary's Woods, Community room
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

RBS & RVA Maker’s Forum Joint Beginner’s Workshop with Indoor/ Tropical Bonsai

RBS will host RVA Maker’s Forum for a Beginner’s Bonsai Workshop with Tropical (Indoor) Bonsai
The event will include an introduction to bonsai, viewing some of the RBS member’s trees,  and a for those who register, making their very own indoor/tropical bonsai.

Members will instruct and assist workshop participants to prepare a container, re-pot, and style a starter tree.  Everyone is welcome to view the workshop, but to  create your own bonsai, you must register in advance and space is limited. The cost for the workshop is $35. Register for the workshop here.

This event will take place in our regular meeting place, the Community room of St. Mary’s Woods, 1257 Marywood Ln
Richmond, Virginia 23229.

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Jun
25
Mon
Regular June Meeting @ St. Mary's Woods
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

More Details coming soon.

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