The Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society

The Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society (RMBS) was founded in 1975 and has a proud lineage to the Denver Bonsai Club which was founded in 1945.  RMBS is a Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) affiliated plant society and a society member of both the American Bonsai Society and Bonsai Clubs International.  For more information about RMBS’ history please refer to the History of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society.
Monthly meetings are typically held on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 thru 9:00 pm and held at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Plant Society Building.  All the monthly meetings are open to the public. Nine months of the year, members meet for a Saturday workshop.  Most of the workshops are either at the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion, or the Plant Society Building. Please check this link for more information on Bill Hosokawa's life and his numerous contributions. 
Annually, RMBS has a Bonsai Show at the Denver Botanic Gardens to display some of its member’s best bonsai trees for the public’s enjoyment.
2018 Programs, Monthly Meetings, Workshops, and Events
Jim Doyle (Visiting Artist) Discussion 
Thursday, July 25th - 9:00  - 11:00 AM
Denver Botanic Gardens' Bonsai Pavilion 
1007 York Street; Denver, CO  80206

The Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society and the Denver Botanic Gardens are priviliaged to host Jim Doyle as an American Visiting Artist.

visitiing artist.  This is the third year that we were able to confirm Bjorn.  He has done some maginifcent work on many of the member's trees, helping them style their own trees and speaking with them about the latest and most advanced Bonsai techniques. 

Bjorn Bjorholm guides the workshop participant hrough the long-term impact of techniques on a wide variety of tree species. Topics include heavy bending, various grafting techniques, creating deadwood and advanced design principles - for trees in different stages of development.
What so many of us like is that Bjorn takes an unprecedented deep dive look into the philosophy and history of bonsai art, as well as aesthetic considerations that are crucial to improving your Bonsai skills. 
This workshop is for paid RMBS registerants and is limited to 8 seats.  Please email Connie Garrett to see if there are any seats available.  The cost is $75 and for a silent observor, it is $10.  Email Connie using this link:
Monthly Meeting with Bjorn Bjorholm - July 10th
Tuesday, July 10th - 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Denver Botanic Gardens' Gates Hall
1007 York Street; Denver, CO  80206
We will have an exciting presentation by Bjorn discussing some of his trips to Japan and most recently to Brazil..  Also we hope to hear about the opening of his new studio tucked away in the outskirts of Nashville, TN.  It is named 
Eisei-en 永青園
What's in a Name?

The name, Eisei-en, is as multifaceted as the garden itself. The term eisei is a combination of two Japanese Kanji characters. The first, ei (永, pronounced ay), is defined as forever, eternal, ever-lasting, and perpetual. The second, sei (青, pronounced say), means young, green, blue, and adolescence.

The combined word eisei could, therefore, be interpreted as forever green, eternally young, or ever-lasting youth. Beneath these more direct translations, though, lie several deeper meanings that speak to the core values and principles expressed in the garden - namely, always maintaining a youthful, energetic approach to learning; focusing on the future while never relinquishing the truly open, adolescent mind; and forever striving to provide for, and transmit knowledge to, the next generation.

The final character, en (園), means garden or nursery. Thus the name Eisei-en is brought to life, representing the garden's dedication to the future of the American, and the global, bonsai community.