What is Bonsai?

Bonsai, pronounced, “bone-sigh”, literally means plant in a pot.  It is an ancient Japanese art and science. Using horticultural and aesthetic principles, trees that would be full size if growing in the ground are kept small by a combination of pruning the foliage and confining the roots in a container.  Bonsai expresses a maximum of poetic feeling in a minimum of space.  Each bonsai contains the essence of a thought about the beauty of nature.

When do we meet?

Descanso Bonsai Society (DBS)  was founded in 1970 and has met continuously for over 40 years at Descanso Gardens in La Canada/Flintridge. Meetings are open to all visitors and we hope you will be able to join us at one of our regular meetings soon. We meet ten times a year at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of the month in the Van de Camp Hall, except for December and January.  Make sure to check out the Calendar for details of our upcoming meetings.

Membership Dues?

Membership dues are to be made at the beginning of the year by mail or in person at a DBS meeting.  Generally, dues are collected at the January banquet or February’s first meeting at Descanso. The two types of memberships are:

                                                                               Individuals - $25 per year          OR          Family (per household) - $30 per year