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Tree of the Month

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Wisteria floribunda, Japanese Wisteria
Tobie Kleynhans Collection, South Africa
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Stone of the Month

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Minamoto no Yoritomo, Fossilized wood
Paul Gilbert Collection, USA
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President's MessageTom Elias


Welcome to our new updated BCI website. Websites and the Internet are rapidly becoming more important tools for learning about bonsai and stone appreciation, conducting business, and for communicating with others. We hope this site helps you to learn and connect with a truly global community. Each year, I have the opportunity to participate in bonsai conventions and exhibitions in various parts of the world. It is exciting to interact with the leading artists, scholars, growers, and collectors. The interest in bonsai and stones does not recognize political boundaries and it is an effective method of bring people together with a common interest. You can share in these wonderful opportunities by joining BCI. You can receive our quarterly print magazine, Bonsai and Stone Appreciation Magazine, or you can elect to become an e-member and receive our magazine online in the member’s only section of this web site. Many of our articles in our magazine are written by leading specialists throughout the world.

I encourage you to participate in one of our annual conventions that are held in various parts of the world. Conventions allow us to meet great artists from different regions of the world, see excellent trees, and also experience the sites and customs of different countries. In 2016, we will initiate regional BCI conventions realizing that many people cannot afford the cost to travel long distances to attend meetings. The Philippines is the first of our regional meetings. Consult this web site regularly for information about upcoming annual and regional conventions.

BCI is a nonprofit, educational organization that is dedicated to advancing information about bonsai and related art forms. As such, it is essential that we are providing our members with the information and services that they are seeking. Towards this end, we encourage you to contact us. Let us know what you are looking for and what you think of this site. Better yet, become a member of BCI and helps us to promote bonsai and stone appreciation worldwide.

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Tom Elias, President

Bonsai Clubs International


How to use this website


Join BCI and benefit from an international perspective of Bonsai and Viewing Stone Appreciation. Find inspiration to help your practice and collection grow. Learn from our members and their achievements. Share your experiences, trees and stones with an appreciative audience The benefits of a BCI membership are many...

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BCI President, Glenis Bebb
BCI President, Glenis Bebb, Australia

As newly elected President of BCI, I find myself overwhelmed with the messages of support. I just hope that I can live up to your expectations. I am well supported by ...read more

Photo Contest: Best of BCI 2015

BCI photo book 2015

Finalists are featured in a case bound edition. Now accepting Photo Album Pre-Publication Orders at discounted prices. Details here.





BCI Instructors and Teachers

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Find BCI bonsai and viewing stone experts for your club’s next event.


Bonsai and Stone Events Calendar

Find an event near you, or list your organization’s event. Use our interactive form to list your bonsai or viewing stone event.


Join a Viewing Stone or Bonsai Club near you

Find a BCI Member Club and enjoy the sociable and educational benefits of bonsai and stone appreciation with like-minded people

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Species Guide

Our members have created fact sheets that provide insights into many aspects of these species to help you in your research.


BCI Awards and Recognitions

For over thirty years, BCI has recognized dedicated and talented individuals in the world of bonsai and stone appreciation.