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.


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RBS Annual Fall Bonsai Show @ The Great Big Green House
Sep 30 all-day

RBS Annual Fall Bonsai Show

Once again, The Great Big Green House will host a Fall Bonsai Show on September 30 and October 1st from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 6 pm on Sunday .

Members will be exhibiting their favorite trees, doing ongoing demonstrations and giving advice to anyone interested in Bonsai.

There will be Intro to Bonsai Lectures both days at 10 am.

In addition, The Great Big Green House will have a special sale and discounts available during the show.

Members will get a separate notice about preparing and exhibiting trees, setting up, and volunteering.


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October Meeting: BYOT Workshop and Member Yard Sale. @ St. Mary's Woods
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

October Meeting: BYOT Workshop and Member Yard Sale. Monday, October 23, 2017. 7 pm. St. Mary’s Woods’s Community Room. Now is the time of year to do any minor pruning in preparation for winter. It is also a good time to wire or carve on your trees. It’s also a great time to clean out things that you don’t want or need, so members are invited to bring trees that they want to work on, as well as needed tools and other materials to work on them. In addition, members can set up a “Yard Sale” table and try to move bonsai trees, pots, or other related things that they no longer want or can store for winter.

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Nursery Crawl: A Wise Gardener Nursery. @ A Wise Gardener Nursery
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Nursery Crawl: A Wise Gardener Nursery. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. 1 pm. John Wise of A Wise Gardener has invited to visit his nursery. He has a section of ornamental and native plants and trees in various sizes. A Wise Gardener is located on the 300 block of Bland Street, 2 blocks off of Forest Hill Avenue behind Crossroad’s Coffee near Forest Hill Park.

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November Meeting: BYOT Wiring and Carving workshop @ St. Mary's Woods
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

November Meeting: BYOT Wiring and Carving workshop. Monday, November 27, 2017. 7 pm.  St. Mary’s Woods’s Community Room. We will have demonstrations on wiring and carving and members should bring trees that they need to work on, as well as tools and other needed materials.

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Holiday Dinner Party @ Maldini's Restaurant
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Holiday Dinner Party: Sunday, December 10th. 5 pm. Maldini’s Restaurant, Forest Hill Ave. More details to follow.

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CANCELLED January Meeting @ St. Mary's Woods
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Monday, Jan. 22. 7pm, St. Mary’s Wood’s Retirement Home

Regular January Meeting Stone Mountain Saikei Planting Demonstration by Jim Ford

landscape workshop

This Demonstration includes: how to cleave, select and bond stone for mountain conglomeration, tree selection, trimming and wiring, wiring demo, pot and stone conglomeration preparation, planting and landscaping. Examples below created by Jim.


See Newsletter for more details.

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February Club Meeting: Mountain Landscape Workshop Part 1 @ St Mary's Woods
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our February 26 meeting will be part 1 of 2., Feb. 26 Regular Meeting Stone Mountain Saikei Planting Workshop Part 1 with Jim Ford

In this first workshop, Jim will demonstrate and assist participants to select and cleave stone pieces for their conglomerate grouping, bond their stone groups with glue, clamps, tape, and shrink wrap. Cardboard templates will be made to assure that the stone groupings stay together and will fit the selected containers. Most materials will be provided, but member should bring wood clamps if available.

Everyone is invited to attend, but only registered members will get the workshop materials. The fee for both parts of the workshop is $35. Members must register in advance via our website or contact Thomas at All are welcome to attend. However, only registered paid members will participate in the actual workshop. The workshop fee is $35 and you can register HERE! Please bring printed or screen shot copy of registration receipt to the workshop. The 3rd and final part will be Saturday, March 3, 1 pm. See our event page for more details.

landscape workshop

In this part of the workshop  participates will:
Cleave and select, stone pieces for their conglomerate grouping.  Stone hammers, gloves and protective eye ware will be provided.   (There will be plenty of stone on the floor for the picking)
Bond their stone groups with glue, clamps, tape, and shrink wrap.  Cardboard templates will be made to assure that the stone groupings stay together and will fit the selected containers
The following is provided: Stone of various hardness and colors, hammers, gloves and eye protection, glue, cardbord for templates/ pattern, tape, shrink wrap, string, paper towels, cleaning supplies etc., and some wood clamps will be available but if you have your own clamps, please bring them. 
There will be samples of the workshop plant materials to examine only.  3-7 year old Kingsville Boxwood and two 1-2 year old rooted cuttings.   The individual primary plant material, will be distributed at the following part of this workshop. DATE TBD.

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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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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.


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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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