MBS Newsletter

UPCOMING  2024 EVENTS

June
June 4 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting – 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 – Hooley Hall
June 22 – Saturday, 12-4 pm– Bonsai Concepts Class* (free for members)
June 8 – MBS Auction, Open to the public
June 25 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)

July
July 2 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting*  (Andrew Robson)
July 27 & 28- Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
July 27 – Saturday, 12-4 pm– Bonsai Concepts Class* (free for members)
July 23 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)

Please check for changes prior to event.

You can also get live updates on our events page on Facebook >>

View full calendar here >>


FEATURED ARTICLES

Andrew Robson Shohin Presentation (Click to View>>)
Automatic RO System for Optimal Bonsai Watering (Click to Read>>)
2023 State Fair Winners & Slide Show (Click to view>>)
Preparing for winter/cold frames (Click to view)
Jack Wilke Interview (Click to view)
Nursery Tour with Lionel Flood (Click to view)
Missed a General Meeting?  (Click to view past programs)
Most Recent Board Minutes (Click to view >>)
Visit with Suthin – Garden Tour (Click to view >>)
Mark Youngdale Scholarship (Click to learn more>>)
Lands End Merch (Click to learn more)


WEBSITE SECURITY

Our website still has heightened security since we are still getting attacked from bots (1000s a day). Because of this, you may get an email to verify your account to ensure you are safe when logging into the MBS website.

If you are not able to log into the website, please check your email for a verification email. Please check your junk folder too.

The email will come from administrator@minnesotabonsaisociety.org and will have links in the email to verify you are a real person.

This may happen each time you login to the website. If you enter your password incorrectly multiple times, you might get blocked.

Please email me if this happens or are having trouble logging in. celina.blandford@minnesotabonsaisociety.org

Thank you for your patience!


GENERAL MEETING 
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The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except January) for a presentation. In person events will be held at:

Amherst H. Wilder Auditorium, Auditorium A
451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104  Click for map >> 

Missed a General Meeting? Some are recorded.
View here >>

July 2, 2024 – 7pm Meeting:
Andrew Robson will be giving a presentation.

When: Tuesday, July 2 2024
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104
Can’t attend in person? Join us on Zoom >> 

SEE ALL DATES >>


DREW BINKLEY CARVING WORKSHOPS

Drew Binkley will be giving carving workshops this August. There will be six working spots and six observing spots for each workshop.

Drew Binkley was videotaped for Bjorn Bjorholm’s “Bonsai U” showing his detailed work on wood carving. Unlike other carvers, work is unique as it is so natural you cannot identify it as carved. He expertly creates the characteristics of the tree’s older deadwood. He uses power tools when needed, but his unique talent is in his detail hand-finishing. Some examples of his work are on Instagram. Bonsai-U members may watch him on Bonsai-U.

Drew will also be presenting at the MBS General Meeting 7-9 PM on Tuesday, August 6 at the Amherst H. Wilder Auditorium , Auditorium A
451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104

SEE FULL DETAILS >>


ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY SHOW 2024

Take Mom to this annual tradition! Each year the Minnesota Bonsai Society displays some of their finest work at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como. Members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai and all the benefits of becoming a member of the Minnesota Bonsai Society.

Admission: Free and open to the public, donations to Como are always accepted
When: Saturday May 11 & Sunday May 12, 2024
Where: Como Conservatory
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

MBS Members – We need volunteers. See link below to signup. 

SEE FULL DETAILS >>


AUCTION

Each year MBS sponsors a Spring and Fall Auction. This is a fun and exciting event where members can buy or sell trees, pots and other bonsai-related materials during the live or silent auction. It’s one of the best ways to obtain new material for your collection, or make room on your benches. A percentage of the sale is retained by the society to help fund other events.

Check or Credit card only please. No cash

When: June 8, 2024
Time: 10am – 2pm (Open to the Public)
9am – Seller Check-in only (Must be a member to sell)*
10am – Public viewing starts
11am – Bidding starts
Where: Washington County State Fair Grounds, 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

*A current MBS membership is a requirement for selling at the auction. If your membership is not current as of the auction date and you choose to sell items, your proceeds will be held by the club until you rectify your membership status.

SEE FULL DETAILS >>


BONSAI CONCEPTS

Hello Summer!

This is a busy and important month for us bonsai enthusiasts. At Concepts this month on Saturday, June 22, we will be covering a lot of topics including cutting back, pinching, thinning, defoliating and de-candling (Japanese Black Pines). We can also repot tropical trees as well. All members are invited to come and either bring their trees to work on or assist some of our newer members. See you on the 22th, from noon to four at the fairgrounds!

Thanks,
Dale

See you Saturday at noon!

Cost: Free for members! No signup required.
When: Saturday, Noon-4pm (See dates in link below)
Topic: Each month will focus on seasonal care
Instructors: Dale & Sue Krueger (dale.n.krueger[at]comcast.net)
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, All Levels
Location: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 

All are welcome to come and learn, with or without trees. Each meeting begins with a classroom session followed by our helping you with your trees.

SEE ALL DATES >>


CONVENTIONS

BONSAI CENTRAL
Bringing the best to the Midwest!

Artists: Bjorn Bjorholm, Andrew Robson, Tyler Sherrod, Young Choe, Marija Hajdic and Mauro Stemberger

Where: St. Louis
When: May 3-5 2024
Website: https://bonsai-central.com/
Cost: Please go to website for workshops and admission

SEE MORE EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY >>


MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Are you a newcomer to the world of Bonsai? Or have you been at it a while and are looking to learn more? We have great resources for you, including the Society Website, the Facebook page, and the Basics and Bonsai Concepts classes.

If you feel you would benefit from additional assistance in helping you nurture and grow your trees, please consider joining the MBS Mentorship Program.

Under this program, you will be assigned to a Bonsai Society Mentor based on your location in the Twin Cities, and will work with a Mentor along with other folks like you interested in learning more about how to best manage your bonsai trees.

If interested, please contact Bryan Evarts at MBSMentorProgram[at]gmail.com. 

LEARN MORE >>


WEBSITE UPDATES – MEMBERSHIP & PAYMENT OPTIONS

As a member of the Minnesota Bonsai society, you will receive a member number. You will need this number to sell at auctions and to confirm your membership for some events.

To find your member number – click login on the top right corner of the website. Once you are successfully logged in, it will display on the top right hand corner. See the orange circle on image in the top right. You can also request a badge at the in-person general meetings that includes your name and member number. Note: If you create a new user name and account, it will generate a new member number for you. So please don’t create a new one if you already have an existing account. 

If you are having difficulty with accessing your membership or renewing please contact Celina (celina[at]minnesotabonsaisociety.org).

CLICK TO JOIN OR RENEW HERE >>


STAY INFORMED

An email version of this newsletter is sent periodically for reminders. 

If you do not see the emails, check your “junk mail” folder or “spam” folder. We make every effort to ensure that these emails are delivered. If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder and add us to your white List or Safe Sender List.

You are automatically added to the email list as a member, if you wish to unsubscribe, you can click “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the newsletter.

If you want to be added to the list, please email administrator@minnesotabonsaisociety.org. 

You can also follow us on Facebook for any last minute cancellations due to weather or venue changes. 


WOMEN’S BONSAI GROUP

There is a new women’s bonsai group starting. See information below.

“The Purple Pot Society is open to bonsai practitioners of every gender and race. It is our mission to support, encourage, and inspire women to pursue bonsai.  We also want to advocate for the diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups within the bonsai community.

Mission: To support, encourage, and inspire female* bonsai artists and advocate for diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups within the bonsai community.”

They also have a facebook group!

LEARM MORE>>


MINNESOTA BONSAI SOCIETY FACEBOOK GROUP

For those of you who are on Facebook*, we have started a new group in order to share ideas, pictures and ask and answer questions.

Just click this link Minnesota Bonsai Society Community Group and hit the “Join” button. As this group is just for MBS members, you will be asked if you are a member and will then be approved within a day.

*If you are not on Facebook for concerns about privacy, you have the option to create a new email address just for this purpose, and then make a profile using a nickname. Your profile picture can be a tree, your dog, or whatever you choose. You will be required to give them your birthdate which you have in common with millions of people, but you may block all information about yourself.

CLICK TO JOIN  >>


VOLUNTEERING 

Call for volunteers!

People new to bonsai are welcome for their perspectives on what would help them advance their skill base. If you wish to volunteer for this in 2024, email administrator@minnesotabonsaisociety.org.

It will be a good way for the participants to get to know more professionals and have a say in program content.

We are always looking for volunteers, if you are interested to see what positions are available, or how you can help, please email administrator@minnesotabonsaisociety.org.


ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY SHOW 2024

Take Mom to this annual tradition! Each year the Minnesota Bonsai Society displays some of their finest work at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como. Members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai and all the benefits of becoming a member of the Minnesota Bonsai Society.

Admission: Free and open to the public, donations to Como are always accepted
When: Saturday May 11 & Sunday May 12, 2024
Where: Como Conservatory
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

MBS Members – We need volunteers. See link below to signup. 

SEE FULL DETAILS >>


BECOME A MEMBER

JOIN THE MINNESOTA BONSAI SOCIETY!
Memberships includes access to the MBS library, free bonsai 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. Join here >>

GIFT CERTIFICATES

WORKSHOP OR MEMBERSHIP GIFT CARDS
MBS offers two gift card options – a $75 workshop gift card that includes a 1 year free membership or a $40 Membership gift card.
Purchase one here >>

FACEBOOK GROUP

HAVE BONSAI QUESTIONS?
Please join our member only Facebook group. This group is intended to foster information exchange and community for members of the Minnesota Bonsai Society. All are invited to post pictures of their bonsai and bonsai-related items, questions and answers to questions. Click to Join group here >>

RESOURCES

Looking for pots? Wire-cutters? Finding supplies in a store can be a challenge in Minnesota. Some supplies can be purchased at the auctions, general meetings and bonsai basics. MBS also does bulk orders of akadama, pumice and lava every couple of years. Watch the newsletter for updates. We have also compiled a list of online vendors you can purchase from. View List >>