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.

2016 Annual Bonsai Show
47th Annual Show
Saturday, September 10th thru Sunday, September 11th
9:00am - 8:00pm                    9:00am - 5:00pm
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
Denver, CO  80206
Visiting Artist Workshop
Mr. Bjorn Bjorholm - Knoxville, TN
Monday, September 19th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Denver Botanic Gardens
Plant Society Building
1007 York Street
Denver, CO  80206
Bjorn Bjorholm, is a former apprentice of contemporary Japanese bonsai master Keiichi Fujikawa. Bjorn spent nearly six years working at Mr. Fujikawa’s nursery, Kouka-en (located in Ikeda City just north of Osaka, Japan).
In 2015, he became a certified bonsai professional by the Japanese Bonsai Association, having completed his formal apprenticeship. Bjorn's experiences working with Fujikawa-san have necessarily shaped his approach to bonsai and furthered his never ceasing desire to improve the quality of western bonsai art.
RMBS subsidizes its visiting artists workshops so all of our members are able to attended.  The cost for this 8 hours of instruction is $75 per person and it is limited to 8 RMBS members.  The cost to be a silent observer is $10.   Please contact Patrick Allen, RMBS Programs Director at should you wish to attend.
This Workshop is Limited to RMBS Members
Monthly Program
Visiting Artist - Mr. Bjorn Bjornoim
Tuesday, September 20th, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Denver Botanic Gardens
Gates Hall
1007 York Street
Denver, CO  80206
RMBS is pleased to host Bjorn Bjorholm as a 2016 Visiting Artist.  Bjorn Bjorholm was born and raised at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee in the United States. He was first introduced to bonsai at the age of thirteen, and by sixteen he had helped found the Knoxville Bonsai Society and the regional Tennessee Bonsai Exhibition. After finishing university in 2008, Bjorn began a formal bonsai apprenticeship under Keiichi Fujikawa, owner of Kouka-en nursery in Osaka, Japan.
During his apprenticeship, Bjorn's works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten, and Taikan-ten exhibitions, as well as in many international exhibitions in the US and Europe. In 2015, Bjorn received certification as a bonsai professional from the Japanese Bonsai Association and launched his business, Bjorvala Bonsai Studio, which provides bonsai, related art, and services to the global community.
The Public is Welcome to Attend RMBS' Monthly Meetings
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.