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The Bonsai Learning Center located in North Carolina is the Southeast's premier location for a full line of bonsai supplies as well as educational programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of the art. The BLC, first established in 1995, is an excellent place to learn more about bonsai and to share with others the joys and experiences which come with the practice of this ancient and exciting art form. The links at the top and bottom of this page and throughout our web site will help you learn more about this fascinating art. Thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoy your visit.


Upcoming Classes and Workshops


The class/workshop schedule can be found at the class link in the navigation bar. Below are the upcoming events:


Beginner Bonsai

Sunday May 17


Bonsai Intensive

April 18 & 19 2015





Brad Russell


Well... It's finally happened. The Bonsai Learning Center's facility located on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte, NC for almost 20 years has officially closed its doors. But the new owners, Mr. Brad Russell (pictured at left) and Mr. Bryan Mercer (below, left) are working long and hard to make sure the excellent services, supplies and educational opportunities offered by the BLC continue to be available to all our students and customers throughout the Southeast.


Most of the BLC's old inventory of tools, supplies and plant materials have been transferred to the new owners. In addition, Brad and Bryan are rapidly adding additional items to the existing supply. They are also planning to open a physical location in the Raleigh/Durham region.


The Charlotte area location is now open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 and by appointment other times. Please call before coming. The address is:

142 Hidden Harbor Road

Mooresville, NC 28117


When complete, the Bonsai Learning Center will have two locations to serve your bonsai needs. As you may have guessed, the process takes time. For now, however, this site is going to be your key to acquiring the tools, soils, pots and bonsai supplies you will be needing in the coming months.


Bryan MercerTools, Pots, Soils, Supplies

The old website store associated with this site has been discontinued and we have established a new one to replace it. It's known as the CURVY BRANCH BONSAI EMPORIUM. You can access it by clicking the "store" link at the top or bottom of any page. We think you will find the selection of items greatly expanded over the old store site and if what you are looking for is not on the site then just drop us an e-mail or give us a call and we probably have it at our physical store.


Educational Programs, Classes, Workshops

We feel it is important to acquire high quality plant materials and knowledgable, qualified teachers for the educational programs we are planning. We are working on the 2015 Classes now, just go to the classes link in the navigation bar to see the selection. We also now offer online registration and payment for the classes. If you have an idea or a suggestion for a class or teacher you would like to see... We would like to know about it. Call us, or drop us an e-mail and tell us about it.


Phone: 1-888-216-6327

General Questions:

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Raleigh/Durham Metro Questions:

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Are You New To The Art Of Bonsai?

If you are looking to learn the basics about bonsai we recommend you try one of the beginner bonsai classes offered by the BLC throughout the year. If that's not possible then we recommend you look at our BEGINNER BONSAI STARTER KIT. It's an excellent package which has been designed with the novice in mind. We looked at a lot of kits for sale on-line and in trendy mall stores and came to the conclusion that none of them were worth much. That's when we decided to put this one together on our own. The kit sells for $78 plus shipping and has everything you'll need to get a good solid start on your bonsai adventure. We guarantee it's the best deal you'll find anywhere, at any price. Everything you need to start your first bonsai is in the kit... and that includes the tree. You can order from our online store or just call us directly at 1-888-216-6327 to speed things up. To find out more about what the kit includes, you can click the "shop" link at the top of this page and visit our Curvy Branch Bonsai Emporium.


crowdIs Your Club Or Group Looking For A Speaker?

WE CAN PROVIDE PROGRAMS FOR YOUR CLUB OR GROUP. Randy Clark is the BLC's "sensei emeritus." He has traveled and lectured extensively throughout the US and in Europe and can provide instructional programs and workshops on bonsai at your convenience and in your area. A copy of Mr. Clark's Resume is available at this site along with a schedule of fees and booking requirements for those clubs and organizations who may wish to engage his services.



isis queenWould You Like To Talk To Us?

Her name is "Isis" and for many years she was the BLC's resident guard cat. She was always happy to hear from you and so are we. If you've got a question about bonsai in general or one of your trees in particular... we're here to help. We have tried to answer most questions in the "Learn" section of this website, but if you don't find the answer there, please don't be afraid to contact us. Our phone number is 1-888-216-6327 and the e mail is