MBS Newsletter

September & October 2019


Soil Pre-Order
This year we are asking MBS members to consider ordering soil components for next years’ repotting needs. We have found that ordering in the spring is often too late for most people. Based on previous orders, we estimate the costs for each item will be as follows:

– akadama (14L bag) – $27.00
– pumice (40# bag) – $25.00
– lava (40# bag) – $15.00

The order will only be placed to fill pre-orders, so please plan ahead in case there an order is not placed next year. An email will be sent when orders are ready for pickup, which would be in the fall of 2019. If you use a 3-part soil mix, recommended by most bonsai professionals, you would need about 2-3 bags of akadama per 1 bag each of lava and pumice. The yield of this after sifting and sorting to size is roughly three 5 gallon pails. It will take a few weeks to get the orders filled and shipped once we have reached the necessary quantities.

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President’s Column
David Weiss, MBS President
Fall is on the doorstep and that means winter can’t be far away. We all are beginning our preparation for storing our trees into cold frames and or making sure they are well protected over the summer. Remember to try and keep your trees out of the wind and direct sun over the winter as to not dry them out too much. I also make sure they are protected from critters. I keep them high enough off the ground so that when it snows, the rabbits don’t have a step right to my trees. The other option, of course, is to put some chicken wire around them. That won’t keep mice away. I have found I have more mice troubles when I store my trees under my deck on the east-facing side of the house to block the northwest winds. I also have a fenced-in vegetable garden that the rabbits can’t get into unless there is a lot of snow, so keep that in mind. (Click to Read More…)

Volunteers Needed
We are looking for more volunteers for novice workshops on September 21 and September 22. People with any amount of experience are welcome. You can email Tim at the workshop email address (mnbonsaiworkshops@gmail.com) if you can help, sign-up online (click here) or you can just show up at the Washington county fairgrounds. Helpers just need to be there from 12:30 – around 3:30 which is when most people finish their trees. You are welcome to come at 10:30 if you want to listen to the lecture portion.


General Meetings

Due to construction at the Hamlin Church, the November and December General Meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall room at the Gloria DEI church. We will be at a new location for October (TBD), then back to Gloria Dei for November and December. The Gloria DEI church is located 3 miles south of the Hamline Church on Snelling.

Gloria DEI (Click for directions >>)
Room: Fellowship Hall
700 Snelling Avenue South
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116

Cost: Free for Members! (No signup needed)
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels

Bonsai Basics Class: These classes are a perfect way for new members with less experience to learn the basics of bonsai and work on their trees. Each class covers different topics from potting and wiring to wintering your trees. Come and join the fun and learn bonsai. Attendance is voluntary and free for members; pick and choose the classes of interest to you, no sign-up required. Please contact Van Jensen with any questions. (Click to Read More…) 

Cost: Free for Members! (No signup needed)
Topic: Fall Care and watering
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: Tuesday, Sept 17 – 7pm
Location: St. Christopher’s Church in Roseville. (Directions)

NEW Bonsai Concepts Class: This class for all skill levels will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year and will dive deeper into specific topics to further develop your skills as a bonsai artist. You will benefit from the ability to study a topic in-depth and have a chance to work on your trees in a group setting. Please contact Van Jensen (Thursday Classes) or Dale Krueger (Saturday Classes) with any questions. (Click to Read More)

Cost: Free for Members! (No signup needed)
Topic: Chemicals and Fertilizers
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: Thursday, Sept 19 – 7pm
Location: St. Christopher’s Church in Roseville. (Directions)



President’s Column – August 2019 (Click to View >>)
2018 State Fair Slide Show –  (Click to View >>)
Making Chopsticks –  (Click to View >>)
Cold Frame Components –  (Click to View >>)
Pacific Bonsai Museum – Decked Out Exhibit (Click to View >>)


September 01, 02 – Sunday, Monday (Labor Day) – Workshops with Tyler Sherrod
September 03 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM –General Meeting Gloria DEI location (Guest Speaker Tyler Sherrod)
September 14 & 15- Fundamentals with Matt Reel (Level II)
September 17 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics Class* (Fall Care & Watering)
September 19 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Concepts Class* (Chemicals & Fertilizers)
September 21 – 11:00 – 4:30 – Normandale Japanese Garden Festival (MBS will have a table at event)
September 21,22 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
September 24 –Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Board Meeting (White Bear Lake Library)

October 01 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM –General Meeting  – Location TBD (NOT at Gloria DEI)
October 12 – Saturday, 10:00 AM – Fall Bonsai Auction – Open to the public
October 15 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics Class* (Wintering)
October 19 – Saturday 12-4pm – Bonsai Concepts Class* -(Location TBD)
October 22 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting (Roseville Public Library)

November 05 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM –General Meeting Gloria DEI location
November 19 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics Class* (Tool Maintenance & Records)
November 26 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting (Location TBD)
Note: There is no Bonsai Concepts meeting in November.

December 03– Tuesday, 7:00 PM –General Meeting Gloria DEI location Holiday Party & Board Election
December 17 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting (Location TBD)
Note: There is no Bonsai Basics or Concepts in December.

Note: There is no Bonsai Basics Concepts Class for either December or January

View full 2019 calendar here >>


Looking for help with watering during a vacation? Looking for bonsai trees, stands, pots, stones or other bonsai-related items? Have a service to advertise or want to form a study group? Post a classified Ad.
Post a classified ad here >>


Minnesota Bonsai Society is a volunteer organization, and member participation is what has made us one of the biggest and best clubs in the country. View sign-up sheets >>


Materials are available to check-out during the monthly general meetings. Be sure to check them out and take advantage of this membership benefit. View Online Library Here >>


MBS orders pallets of soil for members to keep costs down. Pumice still available (Akadama and lava is currently pre-order only) Pickup only. Order Now >>