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Willamette Valley Bonsai Society

Salem, Oregon

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The Willamette Valley Bonsai Society meets in Salem, Oregon. The Society is organized solely to promote the art and science of bonsai through education, exhibits and social activities. The Society welcomes anyone from the curious novice to experienced master. Participating in the Society is an excellent way to learn the techniques of bonsai, and to discover the local resources available for bonsai plant material, pots and other supplies.


The Willamette Valley Bonsai Society meets the second Tuesday of each month except for one month in the summer (usually July) when we select a weekend date for our annual picnic and in December. Our meetings are held in the Marion County Fire District #1 building located at 300 Cordon Road NE in Salem, OR and serves a wide area of enthusiasts.
  All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. although many members take advantage of our ‘Social & Snack” half-hour which starts at 6:30 p.m. Assistance with member's bonsai is also available during the 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm social time. For information on this months program go to the EVENTS page.

The public is invited to come for a couple of visits on our meeting night at no charge in order to get acquainted with this exciting and beautiful art.

What is bonsai? (pronounced BONE-SIGH)

Bonsai is an ancient and living Asian art form, thought to have originated in China over 2,000 years ago, and later adopted by the Koreans and Japanese. During the early 1900’s, America was introduced to bonsai and its popularity has been growing here since. Bonsai is now an art and hobby practiced all over the world.

Bonsai are trained out of many different kinds of trees and plants. The word “bonsai” is derived from two written characters that translate roughly as “a planting in a shallow container”.

Bonsai are living plants that are shaped by selective pruning and bending with wire. Bonsai differ from other potted plants in that most potted plants are appreciated for their own physical characteristics – flowers, form or foliage. Bonsai, however, are appreciated for their suggestive power – their ability to represent large landscapes, trees or scenes in nature. Emphasizing certain aspects of a plant such as thickness of the trunk or spacing of branches can make a small, young tree suggest a large, old tree.



Anyone with an interest in the ancient and living art of bonsai is welcome to become a member.


Annual membership dues are $25 for an individual and $40 for a family residing at the same address.


Meeting Date:

2nd Tuesday of each month except for a selected month in the summer (usually July) when a weekend date is designated for the annual club picnic and December. See the Events page for this month’s program.


Marion County Fire District #1
300 Cordon Road NE
Salem, Oregon

Meeting Time:

7:00 p.m.
Plus Socializing & snacks
starting at 6:30 p.m.