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 >>
July & August 2018
Member Tour & Picnic – Locations and registration for the member tour and picnic are now online. Please click here to view. Locations are private to members only, so you must be logged in to view locations. If you have any trouble logging in, please email email@example.com.
Introduction to Bonsai Workshops (Open to the Public) – The Introduction to Bonsai Workshops are sold out again this weekend and styling assistants are needed for Saturday and Sunday. If you are available from 12:30-3:30 on either day please contact Tim McCarthy (firstname.lastname@example.org) asap. Thank you!
Bonsai Basics Meeting – Tuesday, July 17 7:00PM: Tropical Transplanting and working on State Fair trees. July is the perfect time to transplant tropical trees. Participants are encouraged to bring their tropical trees for transplanting. You can also bring other trees to work on other aspects of bonsai to this workshop.
Intermediates Meeting – Thursday, July 19 7:00 PM: Collecting trees discussion with Kirk.
Ted Matson Styling Workshop – Minnesota Bonsai Society is proud to host Ted Matson for styling workshops on September 2 & 3. Ted will also be the guest judge at the Minnesota State Fair. Space is limited to 6 working spots/session and 10 observing spots/session. Click to Register >>
July 03 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting
July 14, 15 – 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM – Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
July 17 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics (Tropical Transplanting)
July 19 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Intermediates (Collecting trees with Kirk)
July 24 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting
July 28 – Saturday, 10:00 – 3:00 Annual Members’ Tour and Picnic
August 07 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting
August 16 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Intermediates (State Fair Preparation)
August 21 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics (State Fair Preparation)
August 28 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting
August 30 – Thursday, 10:00 PM – State Fair Set-up
August 31 – Friday – Minnesota State Fair Show
MBS Member Tour & Picnic – Register Now!
Ted Matson Styling Workshop: Register Now!
2018 Bonsai Conventions (Outside Minnesota)
Matt Reel Fundamentals Program
Bonsai Resources (Wire, tools, etc…)
MBS Store at Land’s End
April Board Minutes
May Board Minutes