About Us   

We are a non-profit organization whose intent it is to promote the appreciation, knowledge, and cultivation of Bonsai through education, publicity, display and any other means which would advance the Art of Bonsai.

Established in Jan 14, 1976 by a core of 11 enthusiasts we have grown to 40 plus members hailing from Chico and the surrounding communities.

We conduct monthly meeting, put our bonsai on display once every spring, and hold other social events throughout the year.


Join Us At Our Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings occur on the second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am, and are held in the Meeting Room, at the Chico Library, located at 1108 Sherman Ave, Chico, CA.  

Monthly meetings cover a wide range of topics, from plant cultivation, soil mixtures, fertilizer and pest control to creative styling and staging of specimen plants.

Our members and presenters bring unusual, unique plants not often available elsewhere.

Our plant round table features members’ bonsai plant material accompanied by an informative discussion of their local cultivation requirements and pearls of wisdom by our local plant experts.

Our meetings are finished off by a raffle and silent auctions of common and not so common bonsai plant material.


Due to Continued Pandemic Chico Bonsai Meetings will be Cancelled Through April 2021

The Chico Bonsai Society is planning to re-start its first live meeting since COVID 19. Stay tuned for details, and be sure to check out our monthly videos posted on this web site.

Leo Martinez: Bonsai Repotting Techniques

Release Date: 28 February 2021

Leo will give a talk and demonstration on repotting bonsai plants. Leo is a society Sensei and has over 25 years experience with bonsai plants.

* The April 19th meeting is on the third Sunday

Board Meeting starts at 9:30 am, Regular Meeting at 10:30 am


CBS Board Members

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Mike Mittia

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John McDonald

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Pat Gilmore

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Leo Martinez

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Carol Crijenica

Board Member


Ruben Rodarte


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