The Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society



The Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society (RMBS) is a plant society affiliated with the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was founded in 1975 with a lineage to the Denver Bonsai Club founded in 1945.   Please go to the website’s history tab for more information about the society’s unique past.

RMBS monthly meetings are typically on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 p.m. and held at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Plant Society Building.  Non-Members are welcome at the monthly meetings.  Nine months of the year, members meet on the third Saturday of the month at various members’ homes / bonsai gardens.  Since 1973, RMBS has held a 3 day bonsai exhibition at the Denver Botanic Gardens to display some of its member’s best bonsai trees for the public’s enjoyment.

 * It is Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society's policy and practice not to collect native trees (Yamadori) without a permit from the U.S. Forest Service, The Bureau of Land Management or permission from a Land Owner.   

May Monthly Meeting
"Visiting American Bonsai Artist"
Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street; Denver, CO  80209
"I always wanted to do bonsai for the rest of my life"... Matt Reel

RMBS is proud to have Matt Reel as one of our society's Visiting American Bonsai Artist and Instructor.  Matt spent 8 years in Japan as Mr. Shinji Suzuki's apprentice.  In April 2014, at age 27, he returned to Portland, Oregon and began his career as an American Bonsai Artist and Instructor.  Matt Reel was recently profiled and interviewed in the International Bonsai Journal,  Matt said: "I knew I had to go to Japan since I was 16.  Seeing Boon Manakitivipart work on a bonsai in Portland - Read More...

Matt was studied under one of Japan's most famous living Bonsai Teachers, Mr. Shinji Suzuki.  Mr. Suzuki has trained several American Bonsai Artists and has been awarded several coveted honors including the Taikan-ten, Sakafu and Kokufu-ten.  Matt describes Mr. Suzuki as his Oyakata.  To read Matt's account of Mr. Suzukj, - Read More...

On Sunday, May 1st, Matt will be instructing a workshop for registered RMBS members.  The workshop is limited to 8 participants and the cost is $65 and $10 to be a silent observer.  Please note that all 8 of the participant slots have been booked.  Still, if you would like to be on the waiting list, please, contact Patrick Allen, via email at We still have plenty of room for more silent observers.

For individual 4 hour instruction at your bonsai garden, he has a couple of slots available on Tuesday, May 3rd; morning and afternoon; Wednesday, May 4th Wednesday morning and afternoon.  The cost is $250 for 4 hours of professional one-on-one instruction.  Again, please contact Patrick Allen to register at Several of our more advanced members have booked with Matt in 2015 and were very pleased with his instruction and styling of their trees.

We are delighted to have Matt back in Colorado and pleased to have him as one of America's premier bonsai artists and instructors.

The Public is Welcome to Attend our Monthly Meeting.