Founded in 1971

The Minnesota Bonsai Society was founded
to create and inspire participation and appreciation in the art of bonsai

What is Bonsai?

Bonsai (盆栽, “plant tray”)  is a Japanese art form using trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years.

All sorts of trees and shrubs are used as bonsai. In essence, any plant that can be grown in a small container can be cultivated as a bonsai. The most popular varieties are pines; maples, whose leaves change their color in autumn; flowering trees, like the cherry and plum; and fruit-bearing trees, like the quince and persimmon. Few of the traditional bonsai species can survive inside a typical house, due to the usually dry indoor climate. In countries other than Japan, varieties that are best suited to the local climate are used. The trees can grow as tall as a meter (three feet), or be small enough to be fit in one’s palm. Read More >>


April, May & June 2018

New for General Meetings – Please note that the doors will be locked after 7pm. We are working on a solution to let people in that arrive after 7pm.

April 3rd – General Meeting –  CANCELLED due to weather

May 1st – General Meeting –  Japanese trained professional Matt Reel will be joining the meeting. All should attend to get exposure to concepts of bonsai design and development from a highly trained professional.

June 5th – General Meeting –  June is an important month for bonsai. We will have a “round robin” style program showing various techniques to develop bonsai. Hopefully including species that were identified in the group discussion on general meeting topics. Cheryl Sekora will bring back her little twisted shimpaku to further clean up and develop.

Visitors are always welcome to attend General Meetings. It is a great way to begin learning about and enjoy bonsai.

Volunteers Needed for Mother’s Day Exhibit – Read More >>

Events:
March Activities:
March 27 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting – Maplewood Library

April Activities:
April 03 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM General Meeting
April 17 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Bonsai Basics Class
April 19 – Thursday, 7:00 PM Intermediate Class 
April 24 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting
April 19-22  – ABS Gateway to Bonsai Convention

May Activities:
May 01 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM General Meeting
May 5-6 – Saturday & Sunday Fundamentals Level 1 with Matt Reel
May 12 – 13 – MBS Annual Mother’s Day Show
May 15 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Bonsai Basics Class
May 17 – Thursday, 7:00 PM Intermediate Class 
May 19 – Saturday, 10am – Bonsai Basics Nursery Tour
May 19 & 20 – 10:30-4pm Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
May 22 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting
May 25-27 – Brussels Rendezvous in Olive Branch, MS

June Activities:
June 05 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM General Meeting
June 9  –Saturday, 10am-2pm MBS Bonsai Auction – Open to Public

June 19 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Bonsai Basics Class
June 21 – Thursday, 7:00 PM Intermediate Class 
June 26 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting

 

 

JOIN THE MINNESOTA BONSAI SOCIETY!
Memberships include an full access to our website, DVD’s, library, meetings and eligibility to attend all workshops and events. A one year membership for up to 2 members of a household is just $40.00.
Become a member today!

BEGINNER’S WORKSHOP

INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI
If you’re new to bonsai, the Novice (Beginners) Workshops are a great way to get started. Each participant will receive a pre-bonsai tree, a suitable pot with soil, and an intensive one-day workshop designed to give you the basic skills needed to create and care for your own bonsai. Plus 1 year free membership! Register Here >>

BECOME A MEMBER

JOIN THE MINNESOTA BONSAI SOCIETY!
Memberships include an full access to our website, DVD’s, library, meetings and eligibility to attend all workshops and events. A one year membership for up to 2 members of a household is just $40.00.
Register Here >>

WORKSHOP GIFT CERTIFICATE

GIVE A ONE DAY BONSAI WORKSHOP
Each participant will receive a pre-bonsai tree, a suitable pot with soil, and an intensive one-day workshop designed to give you the basic skills needed to create and care for your own bonsai. Includes a 1 year free membership!
Purchase Here >>

MEMBERSHIP GIFT CERTIFICATE

GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP TO MBS.
Memberships include an full access to our website, DVD’s, library, meetings and eligibility to attend all workshops and events.A one year membership for up to 2 members of a household is just $40.00.
Purchase Here >>