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 – April program will explore tools to augment growth including LED lighting and heat mats. The basics and variety of each of these will be explored as well as how they are used to accelerate and develop bonsai. For those of you already employing these techniques, bring your knowledge and what you are currently using to share with the group.
May 1st – General Meeting – May will be a program presented by the Japanese trained professional Matt Reel. 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.
March 27 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting
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 01 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM General Meeting
May 5-6 – Saturday & Sunday Fundamentals Level 1 with Matt Reel
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 – MBS Annual Mother’s Day Show
May 22 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM Board Meeting
June 05 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM General Meeting
June 9 –Saturday, 10-2pm 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
Soils: Lava, pumice and akadama orders
2018 Bonsai Conventions
Matt Reel Fundamentals Program
2018 Board Members
MBS Store at Land’s End
November Board Minutes
December Board Minutes
January Board Minutes