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.   

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.

Saturday Workshop
Intermediate Bonsai Skills
"Advanced Wiring Techniques" 
Todd Schlafer - RMBS Artist-of-the-Year & Past President
Saturday, September 24th - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Denver Botanic Gardens'
Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavillion
1007 York Street, Denver, CO  80206
Wiring is one of the most important techniques for bonsai shaping. It allows the artist to shape the trunks and model branches, putting them in the right place. Proper wiring allows the artist to shape the tree.  Although it is an easily understood technique, proper wiring requires practice to the artist. 
This is an intermediate bonsai skills workshop where Todd Schlafer will demonstrate some advanced wiring techniques, like how to create that perfect pod on your Rocky Mountain Juniper, Japanese Black Pine, etc..
Community Outreach
Tri-State Buddhist Church
"100th Anniversary - RMBS Helping Shape Its Gardens"
Sunday, September 25th - 9:00am - 3:00pm 
Denver Buddhist Temple
1947 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO  80202
The Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society and the Japan America Society of Colorado are privileged to help the Tri-State Buddhist Church, aka Denver Buddhist Temple, prepare its grounds by trimming its bonsai character pines for the 100thAnniversary.  The 100th anniversary "Obon 2016" will take place on September 30th .  Please see this 9News feature on this celebration and history - 9 News Feature - Denver Buddhist Temple's Anniversary.
Visiting Bonsai Artist
Mr. Walter Pall
International Bonsai Artist and Instructor
Tuesday, October 4th and Wednesday, October 5th 
The Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society is honored to be hosting Mr. Walter Pall as one of its 2016 Visiting Bonsai Artists.
Walter Pall is one of the most popular bonsai artists who has performed on most international stages. He has visited the vast majority of European countries and also South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States; he even appeared in Israel and in Argentina and Brazil.
Walter enjoys leading bonsai workshops where he teaches the artistic side of bonsai.  He is know for his bonsai tree critiques which he calls 'tree inspiration'.  His critiques provide clear indications of the tree's pros and cons and describes ways to continue working with the trees.
Mr. Pall has a worldwide reputation for the quality of his bonsai creations and has received several dozen national and international awards for his dramatic bonsai.  He has won the most prestigious Crespi Cup Award of Italy for his well-known Rocky Mountain Juniper, which was collected in the Rocky Mountains and is shown at the right.
On Tuesday there is a 1/2 day workshop available at Adam Johnson's home east of Boulder and there is a full-day workshop available on Wednesday.  The costs for both of these workshop is nominal; $50 for the 1/2 day and $75 for the full day.  The workshops are limited to RMBS members.  
If you are interested please contact Adam Johnson via email - Adam Johnson
On Tuesday evening please join us for our monthly meeting at:
Denver Botanic Gardens
Plant Society Building
1007 York Street; Denver, CO  80206
Tuesday, October 4th - 7:00 - 9:00pm

The Public is Welcome to RMBS' monthly meetings.