The Bonsai club was founded in 1981 by Ben Scholari to bring together bonsai enthusiasts from across the Salt Lake Valley. The club brings people together to discuss, learn and advance our understanding of an art form intertwined with a living tree. It enables ideas and different views of bonsai to be discussed and implemented by the club members.

In spring and fall club member bring their trees to Red Butte Gardens to share their work.

Join us at the Garden Center at Sugarhouse Park (1610 E 2100 S).  Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

Simple beginnings

19 thoughts on “Simple beginnings

  • November 10, 2015 at 8:35 am
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    I have the wrong address for the Bonsai Club of Utah/treasurer Konnor Jensen. I am trying to send out the annual dues statement. The dues are due December 31, 2015. Could you please give me a correct address for the Bonsai Club? Thank you.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 7:15 pm
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    in order to join the bonsai club of utah what are the dues? are dues monthly or yearly?

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    • April 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm
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      Arnold –

      There are yearly dues, and I think they are $25 a year (I could be wrong, I don’t remember the exact amount). The spring show is coming up this weekend at Red Butte Gardens, so you can come to that and see what club members produce and get more information.

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  • April 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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    Christian,

    I was not able to attend the spring show. I notice that there is a monthly meeting on the last wednesday of every month. Is this still happening each month? If I can I will attend the meeting on the 27th.

    Thank You,
    Arnold

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    • April 23, 2016 at 9:38 pm
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      Yes, the meetings still take place at the time and location posted on the website. Hope you make it to the meeting. The club is bringing in Peter Tea this summer for a workshop, so if you’re interested be sure to ask about it. Should be a great learning experience.

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  • May 14, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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    I recently bought what I was told is a bonsai Trident Maple. But I know nothing about the art and want to learn. I believe the tree may not be trimmed correctly, so I have some work ahead of me. Do I just show up to the meeting? Do I bring my tree? What other things do I need?

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    • May 15, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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      Yes, please come! There are quite a few members (myself included) that have trident maples in lots of different stages of development. They are generally great trees to work with, and the only real challenge is keeping them from getting too cold in the winter. Japanese maples can take more cold than tridents, but other than that they’re a great species to work with. They grow fast and are generally pretty forgiving. Bring the tree along and there’ll be a chance to discuss the tree with other club members. If you enjoy the experience, you can join the club (the dues are $25-$35 a year… can’t remember the exact amount off the top of my head).

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  • January 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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    I am trying to find a home for a bonsai tree nurtured by my brother. He died in December and left a beautiful fig bonsai that is about 30 years old. He had it in a growth stage and had spoken of cutting it back soon. The tree is in Montana where he lived, but I could bring it to Utah soon if an appropriate home is available.
    Please contact me, Cheryl, at cheryl.henley@gmail.com or 801-876-2653 (leave msg. if needed) if there is a way to place this little tree where it can continue to thrive. Many thanks.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 7:58 am
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    Good morning. How pleased I am to learn of this club.
    I was given a bonsai several years ago by an acquaintance who was leaving the country and couldn’t take it with him. I’ve managed to keep it alive. But my ignorance is proving a detriment and it is beginning to show signs of failing. I would gladly give it to someone who knows how to care for it, as it is a beautiful tree and should live. Kindly contact me if you’re interested. Thank you.
    Louise at louisebrown.amar@gmail.com
    My thanks to you.

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  • April 6, 2017 at 7:06 am
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    Please let me know the bonsai exhibition date for Salt Lake and how i can be member of this club. Thank you very much.

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  • August 16, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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    I need to buy good bonsai tools for a gift, what and where?

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  • November 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm
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  • November 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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    Has anyone here ever worked with a mountain mahogany? I am new to bonsai but hike extensively and every time I see one in the mountains I think it would be great as a bonsai, though I am no expert. Any styling/soil/general growth tips?

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  • January 21, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    I am new to Utah and Bonzai and am looking to learn more. If there are resources about optimal local or locally resilient trees, for a beginner, I would be interested in checking them out. I am open to any and all advice. Is the club still meeting on Wednesday nights? How is best for me to link up with someone to find out more?

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  • February 25, 2018 at 10:23 am
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    I am interested in joining your bonsai club. Do you have a club meeting this February 28, 2018 or would it be better for me to start on Marc h 28, 2018?

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    • February 26, 2018 at 11:16 am
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      Do I need to let you know when I will be attending your Bonsai Club of Utah for the first time or can I just show up?

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      • May 21, 2018 at 4:40 am
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        It appears as though you may show up as you wish and if you enjoy the experience there is a reasonable contribution requested for a year. The 23rd (this Wednesday) is the next meeting.

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      • May 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm
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        Betty –

        My apologies for not responding back in February. I usually get email notifications of comments, and for some reason I didn’t on your comment.

        We still meet on the 4th Wednesday each month. We’re in the thick of a lot of bonsai work right now, so there’s lots to come and see and learn. Hope to see you at the meetings.

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  • May 21, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    I would like to attend the meeting this week May 23. Do people bring trees to work on? What else should I bring?

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