Annual Mother’s Day Bonsai Show

Take Mom to this annual tradition! Each year the Minnesota Bonsai Society displays some of their finest work at the Marjorie Mc Neely Conservatory at Como. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai or how to become a member!

Admission: Free!
When: Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13
Where: Como Conservatory
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Member & Volunteer Information:

Hello everyone, unfortunately we had to cancel the April general meeting and I missed my chance to ask for volunteers for this year’s Como Conservatory Minnesota Bonsai Society exhibition. The exhibition runs from May 11th to May 13th. We still need volunteers to attend to helping the Como visitors. Also, this year we will be doing live demonstrations throughout the day. First let’s talk about the demonstrations. We need demonstrators on the following days and times: Saturday from 1pm to about 4pm – 4:30pm. This could be one, two, or three people? Also, possibly Sunday from 10am to noon.

Secondly, we have a great need for volunteers on Sunday May 13th. The volunteer shifts are 9:30 to noon, noon to 3pm, and 3pm to 6pm. If you’re able to help out please contact me at Also, we are always looking for additional trees for display.

At the May general meeting I’ll hand out parking permits and notes on the event. Thanks in advance for your help.

– John Falenschek

We need your trees and we need you to volunteer to help make the weekend a success. Remember how fascinated you were when you first saw a bonsai tree at the state fair or Como? This is your opportunity to show your trees and inspire someone to take a class or even join the club. If you don’t have a tree ready to show, we are also displaying viewing stones (suiseki) and accent plants.

There is no judging, so please bring your tree to display and be there to share your interest in bonsai with the public. You don’t need to be an expert, just enthusiastic! The added bonus is that you’ll have an opportunity to meet all kinds of interested and interesting people and spend some quality time with other club members.

Please contact John Falenschek at, or call 763-482-1493 to sign up for a volunteer time slot Friday, Saturday or Sunday and/or how many trees you will be bringing. (P.S. We will be recruiting participants at the Tuesday meetings!)

Setup & tree drop off:
Friday, May 11: Bring bonsai trees to the garage entry between 4:30 and 6:00

Saturday, May 12: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday May 13: 10:00 AM -6:00 PM

Take-down & tree pick-up:
Sunday, May 13: 6:00 PM (or as soon as visitors have completed their tour). Locked gate to the parking area will remain open until 7:30 PM Friday and Sunday.