Clubs and Societies

Regional listings:


Bonsai Society of Portland – The Bonsai Society of Portland, Oregon, promotes the art of bonsai through education. The Society meets monthly, presents guest speakers, shares bonsai knowledge, holds public exhibits, maintains a library of books, videos, maintains a mentorship program and holds social events, and much more. BSOP also has a Shohin group that meets monthly.

Cascade Bonsai Society (Medford) – Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford, OR 97504. Click here for directions and map.

Corvallis Bonsai Society  –  Club Meets at Chintimini Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., fourth Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Contact: Bob Newton   ( 541) 753-6028

Eugene Bonsai Society  – Club meets at Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St., the first Thursday, except January, July, and August, at 6:30 p.m. For more information contract: Dean Burkhart, (541) 744-1919, Email:

Far-West Bonsai Society (Port Orford) –  Meets at Alfonso Travel Park, first Monday, 7:00 PM. DeBoyd & Eileen Smith, 95650 Sixes River Rd., Sixes, OR 97476. (503) 332-7633.

Bay Area Bonsai Society  (Coos Bay/North Bend) – Club meets at Coos Bay public library, 525 Anderson, second Monday, except July and August, 7:00 p.m.. Contact: George & Eva Ahuna  (503) 269-9696 or Kenneth Windred (503) 888-3634.

Suislaw River Bonsai  (Florence) –  Contact: Tony Bour e-mail:   P.O. Box 713   Florence, OR 97439   Tel: 541-997-2628

Willamette Valley Bonsai  Society (Salem)  – Contact: Ron Phair e-mail: WVBS meets at the Marion County Fire District #1, 300 Cordon Road NE, Salem, OR the second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Tel: 503-588-2284


Golden State Bonsai Federation – GSBF, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization which provides services and activities promoting the wonderful art of bonsai. GSBF is made up of member clubs in California and affiliate clubs in the adjoining States.

Bonsai Society of San Francisco – The club meets every 2nd Thursday for regular club meetings and every 3rd Thursday for a workshop.

Redwood Empire Bonsai Society – Serving the Santa Rosa region.

Bay Island Bonsai –  Bay Island Bonsai is a Northern California organization founded in 1998 by Boon Manakitivipart.

California Shohin Society – Every two years a Shohin Seminar is held in Santa Nella, California. Bonsai masters, teachers, and enthusiasts from all over the country donate their time to this event.

National club listings/links:

Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association

American Bonsai Society – Publishes American Bonsai Society (quarterly magazine), holds an annual convention and offers a database of all known bonsai clubs in the U.S.

International Bonsai Publishes International Bonsai (a quarterly magazine)

National Bonsai Foundation One of the groups supporting the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum

American Conifer Society  Publishes the Conifer Quarterly


Pacific Bonsai Museum – One of the finest bonsai museums in the U.S.

Golden State Bonsai Federation – Currently, the Golden State Bonsai Federation maintains a collection in northern California at The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, one in southern California at the The GSBF Collection at The Huntington and the third at the Shinzen Friendship Garden in Fresno.

Japanese Garden  in Portland, Oregon.  The Bonsai Society holds a yearly spring show in the pavilion.