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 >>


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 celina@minnesotabonsaisociety.org.

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 (ttmccarthy5@gmail.com) 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.

Upcoming Workshops:
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 Activities:
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 Activities:
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

 

 

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