The Toronto Bonsai Society, formed in 1963 and one of the largest outside Japan, is devoted to the learning, practice and teaching of the horticultural techniques and artistic principles of the ancient art of bonsai. Through our regular meetings, workshops, lectures and exhibitions we promote interest in bonsai and a general awareness of this fascinating hobby.
At our monthly meetings, bonsai techniques are taught to beginners. At least once a year, the Society invites a bonsai master from the United States, Europe or Japan for a series of lectures, demonstrations and workshops that will also be of interest to experienced bonsai growers. Regular meetings consist of a beginners' session and a variety of workshops or lectures conducted by senior members. Raw material for the workshops is usually provided by the club, but can also consist of plants owned by the participant. Members receive the club's monthly publication without additional charge.
The Toronto Bonsai Journal contains bonsai-related articles and news items. As a further benefit, a member may participate in orders of supplies (tools, wire, pots and so forth) directly from Japan. In addition, the club has available a basic supply of wire and bonsai tools for purchase by its members. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Civic Garden Centre, 777 Lawrence Avenue East at Leslie Street on the second Monday of every month, except July and August, when informal weekly workshops are arranged in members' gardens.