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 >>

JOIN THE MINNESOTA BONSAI SOCIETY!
Memberships includes full access to our website, DVD’s, library, meetings and eligibility to attend all master workshops and events. A one year membership is just $40.00. Become a member today!

BEGINNER’S WORKSHOP

INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI
If you’re new to bonsai, the 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 includes access to the MBS library, free bonsai basics and concepts classes, and meetings. Plus discounts to attend member only workshops and events. A one year membership for up to 2 members of a household is just $40.00.
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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!
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