Welcome to the Triangle Bonsai Society

Welcome to the website of the Triangle Bonsai Society (TBS). Although centered in the Triangle, we have active members living throughout the eastern half of North Carolina. TBS promotes the art of bonsai through meetings, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, featuring local, regional, national, and international bonsai artists.

Monthly meetings are normally held at 1:30 pm the first Sunday of the month, at the Commons Building or Agricultural Extension Service, Wake County Office Park - 4011 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC, 27610  Please consult our events page for the month's meeting schedule.

Our meetings are open, so if you are not yet a member, but may be interested in bonsai. Please come and visit us!

TBS 2016 Board Election

Please vote for 2 new Board Members by February 1, 2016

Merritt Barnett

I have been a member of TBS since 1998.  I have served in the past as Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Website Administrator.  I started the website for TBS in 2000.  I was a participant in the Joshua Roth New Talent Contest in 2007.  I completed Colin Lewis' Hoyoku school with other TBS members several years ago.  I am looking forward to serving TBS again!

Gabriele Monetti

Gabriele is a bonsai novice who spends most of his waking hours reading about bonsai, talking about bonsai, thinking about bonsai, and, above all, working on his trees. He has not missed a single TBS meeting or a workshop opportunity since he joined and he loves to contribute according to his current skill level. He collaborated on the display for the State Arboretum exhibit and he is working on the new exhibit for Art in Bloom. He is, by trade, a Mining Engineer, but he spent all of his career in the field of Information technology. He is currently a Director of Enterprise Architecture at Quintiles, the world's largest clinical research organization. He has been married to Dani for 22 years and he has a 19 year old son, Matteo, who is currently living 15 miles from Omiya Bonsai Village in Saitama.

Rick Raymer

I'm a beginner to bonsai with only 2 years experience. I'm currently enrolled in the two year "Intensives" series at the Bonsai Learning Center, and I try to attend as many other w orkshops and bonsai events as possible. I'm influenced most Arthur Joura, Bjorn Bjorholm, and Walter Pall - essentially, I believe in using a tree's natural growth patterns to mimic it's natural environment, or a simulated environment, growing apex and side growth dominant branching, that sets a scene in it's final potting, that is serene. Currently, my biggest bonsai specific challenge is to slow down and let the tree grow, which I accomplish by having 80+ trees outside, and at least as many orchids, in a greenhouse and inside growing area. I'm also challenged by Muscular Dystrophy, which is always progressing, and keeps me focused on being a grateful student. I am on full-time disability, and was previously a video game designer, with an industrial design degree. I am a great "idea man", but I depend on others much of the time to get the actual "muscle work" done.

Donald Kimball

I have benefited from my membership in the club. I believe in giving back.

 

Please Select Two

October 17, 2015 - Bjorn Bjorholm workshop signup

The Bjorn Bjorholm workshops will be held on Saturday, October 17th. There are a limited number of participants for each of the two workshops. Please note that the first workshop is bring your own tree workshops. The second workshop is an in depth workshop about Japanese Black Pine and will include serious lessons on wiring.

Workshop #1 - $35 - 9:30AM - 12:30PM Limited to 8 members.
Workshop #1 Silent Observer - $15 - 9:30AM - 12:30PM Limited to 2 members.
Workshop #2 - $50 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM Limited to 6 members with some experience in wiring

2015 NC State Fair Volunteers

We need you help! Please help reprosent the TBS at the fail and talk to the general public.

 

10:00am – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 4:00pm

4:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday 16th

Hook Horton

Ken Groce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 17th

Hook Horton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 18th

Merritt Barnett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 19th

Dave Huffman

Ken Groce

Kim & Cole Lewis

 

 

Bryan Mercer

 

 

 

Rick Raymer

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 20th

Phyllis Donahue

Jeff Young

Gabriele Monetti

 

Ken Lorenzen

Raymer Ted

Ted Prather

 

Barbara Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 21st

Hook Horton

Ken Groce

Gabriele Monetti

 

Joe & Louise Noga

Joe & Louise Noga

Ted Prather

 

Paul Kellum

Paul Kellum

Jeremy Agee

 

 

 

 

Thursday 22nd

Barbara Holmes

Dave Huffman

 

 

 

Rick Raymer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 23rd

 

Ken Groce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 24th

Kim & Cole Lewis

Ken Groce

Ted Prather

 

Barbara Holmes

Paul Kellum

 

 

Paul Kellum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 25 th

Barbara Holmes

Dan Cormican

GabrieleMonetti

 

Ted Prather

Ted Prather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suthin Sukosolvisit Workshops

Suthin will conduct two workshops on Saturday, April 11th

Workshop #1 - 11 tree trident maple forest workshop -  9:00 - 12:30 -  $75
Trees, container, soil and wire will be provided. Participants should bring their tools, also a potting tub and turntable if they have these.  The workshop will be limited to 6
participants.

Workshop #2 - Bring your own tree - 1:30 - 4:30 - $35
Participants should bring bonsai-in-progress material to further refine.  This is not the time to bring raw material in 
a nursery container. This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Fifth Season Carrboro Outdoor Classroom

Saturday, May 2nd: 12-3pm
Instructor: Harold Johnson
Fifth Season Carrboro Outdoor Classroom
Registration: $50*
 
In this workshop, Harold will teach participants the process of evaluating plant material for potential as a bonsai. Harold will also cover the importance of using an appropriate bonsai soil; proper watering of bonsai; two methods of directing growth of plants to achieve your bonsai design; how to shape the pre-bonsai plant to begin the process of developing a bonsai; how to root and prune pre-bonsai; and how to prepare a bonsai pot for planting.
Participants will receive a tree and a container, and will design, shape, and transplant their own pre-bonsai under Harold’s guidance.
 
To Register:  http://fifthseasongardening.com/classes/bonsai

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