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

In normal times, our monthly meetings occur on the second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am, and are held in the Meeting Room, at the Elks Lodge, located at 1705 Manzanita 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.


Chico Bonsai Society: June Meeting 

Who: Brian Larsen - Discussion and Demonstration   


  • Discussion: Sources of bonsai material [Field grown, nursery stock, collected].

  • Demonstration: Collected redwood bonsai.


  • 12 June 2021 10:30 am [Open to all members and visitors] NOTE: This is a Special Saturday meeting. Our regular monthly meetings are still on the second Sunday.


  • Elks Club around back.

Details: Bring your bonsai trees for tips on trimming and styling, advice and help from our society sensei. Win plant material, and a wide variety of bonsai paraphernalia at our raffle at end of meeting. Society store will be open.

Video of Our  May Meeting


CBS Board Members



Ruben Rodarte



Mike Mittia



Leo Martinez

Vice President


John McDonald



Carol Crijenica



Janet Weidel

Show Chair


Pat Gilmore

Social Media 


Scott Schneider



Theresa Martinez

Board Member


Brad Jenks

Board Member


Mike Campos


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