Cape Fear Bonsai Society

of Wilmington, NC


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The Cape Fear Bonsai Society (CFBS), organized in 2001, is a group of men and women who meet monthly to study and practice the art of Bonsai. 


The club has an active program of training through workshops, guest speakers and a sharing of collective Bonsai expertise.  Membership is open to both the novice and the more experienced practitioner of Bonsai. 


You are invited to come on by, bring a tree to work on and get some dirt under your fingernails!



Where:             New Hanover County Arboretum Auditorium

                        6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403


When:               1st Tuesday of the month, 7:00 -9:00 PM


Contact:         Send an email to the Club


CFBS Calendar for 2017

Apr 8, Saturday, Meeting and Workshop with Arthur Joura in Main Tent -- Azalea Festival, Downtown

9:00 AM-Noon -- Workshop with Arthur Joura. CFBS members only. Participants will style an azalea
as a bonsai specimen. Event will take place at Bob's house.

4:00-6:00 PM -- Brief meeting followed by a demonstration by Arthur Joura, Curator of the Bonsai
Collection at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Arthur will style an azalea as a bonsai specimen.
The demonstration is free and open to the public and will take place in the Azalea Festival Main Event Tent
located at Water Street and Princess Street, downtown Wilmington.


May 1, Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM, Meeting
Advanced topic: IMP (Disease and pest control) (Speaker TBC) and Basic topic: Prep a tree for show
and bonsai display. Additional: Tree-of-the-Month Drawing for a yaupon holly.

May 5 Friday, 4:00-9:00 PM -- Set-up for show

May 6, Saturday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
CFBS Annual Bonsai Show, New Hanover County Arboretum Auditorium, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington

May 27, Saturday, Demonstration and Workshop with Owen Reich

 9:00 AM-Noon -- Demonstration by Owen Reich of Bonsai Unearthed, Nashville, TN. Owen will style a
loropetalum as a bonsai specimen. The demonstration is free and open to the public. The tree will be
raffled at the end of the presentation. (Location TBC.)

1:30-4:30 PM -- Workshop with Owen Reich. CFBS members only at Bob's house.

5:00 - 8:00 PM -- Covered dish dinner at Bob's house for CFBS members. 

Jun 6, Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM, Meeting
Advanced topic: Planting a maple forest demonstration by Dorice Nelson and Patti Mason. The forest will
be raffled at the end of the demonstration. Basic topic: Watering and caring for bonsai in the summer heat
in coastal Carolina.

Jul 5, Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 PM, Meeting
Dinner at the Felix Care (TBC). Advanced topic: Basic topic: Wiring

Aug 1, Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM, Meeting
Advanced topic: Slide show of 2017 World Bonsai Show in Japan by Bob Pruski. Basic topic: Bonsai styling
and a styling competition.

Sep 6, Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 PM, Meeting
Advanced topic: Select trees and assemble CFBS display for Bonsai Expo. Basic topic: Winter care and
storage of bonsai in coastal Carolina

Oct No Meeting

Oct 7, Saturday, Kingsville Boxwood Workshop with In-House Instructors
9:00 AM-Noon, Ability Garden Covered Work Area. CFBS members only. (Location TBC)

Oct 14-15 Bonsai Expo
The North Carolina Arboretum Asheville, CFBS participating

Nov 7, Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM, Meeting
Election of officers for 2018; Annual CFBS Auction of bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, tools, books, etc.

Dec 3, Sunday, 5:00-7:00 PM, Annual Holiday Dinner, Habachi Grill , 356 S. College Rd., Wilmington.

Event will feature a holiday bonsai related raffle.



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