UPCOMING SHOWS & SALES (Updated June 24)

Finally, plant shows and bonsai club events are back! The following are the shows and sales coming up in the Vancouver area. Please contact the venue or specific event contacts with any questions. If you know of any additional bonsai club shows to come, comment below or contact East Van Bonsai so it can be added.


February 8th to the 16th of 2022 marks the 96th Kokufu Bonsai exhibition. One of the worlds best bonsai shows, if not the best. In recent years, photography has been permitted, so the last few shows have some great video footage online. Here are a couple of the first clips to be found on youtube for your viewing pleasure.


Best Coast Bonsai is owned and operated by Tom Ulecki. It is a small, well curated garden specializing in high quality bonsai trees, ceramics and wire. Tom, who apprenticed at Kouka-en in Osaka, Japan opened Best Coast Bonsai right here in Vancouver in 2018. At Best Coast, you can expect to see a good variety of tree species from raw stock right up to finished bonsai, styled by Tom. He also imports very good quality bonsai pots from Japan, as well as hand crafting ceramics himself. An on site kiln allows Ulecki to offer unique glazes and annealed copper wire. Here are some images taken this fall which permit a glimpse of what awaits you at Best Coast Bonsai.


Saturday August 14 2021. From 11am -4pm North Vancouver, BC.

East Van Bonsai member David Bailey, aka North Shore Bonsai is hosting a second meet and greet event. It’s not just a sale, but also for those who have questions about their trees and for those who want to hang out with other fellow bonsai nerds. You can bring trees to work on. There will be bonsai soil mix for sale. There is plenty of open space to social distance and free parking on site.


East Van Bonsai Canada Day Sale. Hosted by Best Coast Bonsai.

Thanks to all of you who came out. You made the sale a success. Huge thanks to fellow club members who came out to support and those who set up a table. You know who you are. You all made it a great sale, a great day! Thank you to our Regional PNBCA director for putting the word out. Hope to see you at our next event.

This is an outdoor event and everyone is welcome. All vendors are East Van Bonsai members, selling plants, trees, pre bonsai, potted bonsai, ceramics and more. Hope to see you there


Why don’t we bare-root or wash the roots of coniferous bonsai during a re-pot? We are told that the tree relies on the beneficial fungi which lives among the roots. Removing too much of this will greatly impair the tree. I’m no expert, so just have a listen to Tom Wessels here. This is an interesting video which sheds some light on the subject and includes some pretty neat footage. Enjoy! The topic of discussion begins at 11:52 in the video.