MBS Newsletter

August & September 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

August
August 3 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting*  TBD
August 7th – Saturday, 10:00 – 2:00 Annual Members’ Garden Tour (click to signup FREE!)
August 21 – Saturday, 10-1pm – Bonsai Basics Class*
August 24 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)

September
Sept 2 – Thursday, 10:00 PM – State Fair Setup
Sept 3 & 4 – Friday & Saturday Minnesota State Fair Show (Guest Judge: Peter Tea)
Sept 5, 6 – Sunday, Monday (Labor Day) – Open Workshops with Peter Tea
Sept 7 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting *
Sept 18, 19 – Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
Sept 25 – Saturday
• 10-1 pm– Bonsai Basics Class*
• 2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class*
Sept 28 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)

Full 2021 calendar is available below, but dates and locations subject to change. 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

How to Renew Your Membership (click to view)
How to Read Plants (Click to View)
President’s Column January 2021 (Click to View)
Nursery Tour with Lionel Flood (Click to View)
Meet MBS Member Carol Novak (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 >>)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

AUGUST GENERAL MEETING  

Topic: Presentation on scrolls by Shingo Mathieu

Shingo will talk about what works in bonsai presentation in regards to Japanese style versus American style scrolls, and how to pair a scroll with a tree. He will go over subject matter in scroll art and what to think about, as well as some other tricks such as using Roman letter calligraphy.

He will display examples of his own scrolls, and well have a discussion about how people might make their own.

Discussion will be expanded to include displaying trees for the state fair show.

Everyone is invited bring a formal display of their own bonsai creations for open discussion.

If people have display-oriented items ti sell such as stands, jitas, slabs, figurines, accent plants or accent pots, please bring them!

SEE ALL DATES >>


2021 BONSAI GARDEN TOUR

Each year members get together to tour other member’s bonsai collections and gardens. The 2021 tour begins Saturday, August 7th (with no picnic this year).

Date: Saturday, Aug 7
Time: 10-2pm

A Map with addresses will be given in email confirmation after signing up
Please contact Michael Bahr with any questions: mbsorg.director2@gmail.com

SIGN UP (FREE FOR MEMBERS) >>


WEBSITE UPDATES

On Wednesday, August 18th, the website will be down for some maintenance and updates to membership that should make it easier for members to renew and pay online. We will no longer be using Paypal. There will also be a new option to auto-renew every year. The website will be back on Thursday August 19th. If you have any issues with your membership or payments, please contact Celina @ celina@minnesotabonsaisociety.org.


SURVEY

The Minnesota Bonsai Society is all volunteer-run, and we are grateful to all those who have helped both recently and over the years.

We don’t always know what members can or would like to help with, and so we have made a short survey to find out.

The new Bonsai Assistance Program is emphasized in addition to other general opportunities.

Whether you think you wish to volunteer or not, please participate in this survey! 

 

2021 STATE FAIR 

The Judges Choice Trees for 2021 will be:
Best Boxwood (Taxus), Best Hornbeam (Carpinus), 2021 Best Cedar (any tree with a common name including “cedar”) and Best Tropical (any)

Please email administrator@minnesotabonsaisociety.org if you have any questions regarding the fair.

Signup sheets are now available online. By signing up you will receive a free ticket to the Fair and parking passes!

https://minnesotabonsaisociety.org/sheet/

Stay tuned for:
* more details on COVID precautions as we receive information from the Fair.

SEE ALL DETAILS >>


PETER TEA FUNDAMENTALS  – LEVEL 2  

Peter will visit twice in 2021. Dates are April 17 & 18 and October 9 & 10. We will meet as a group on March 13th without Peter.

Level II registration is open to everyone that completed level 1 in 2020. If spots become available they will be posted in the Newsletter. Note: there is already a waiting list.

Stayed tuned for updates for a mid-year check in with Sue and Dale in late June or early July(TBA) and a early season half day meeting March 13th to build training boxes and possibly work on techniques.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM >>


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  >>


MARK YOUNGDALE SCHOLARSHIP

The Minnesota Bonsai Society is excited to offer the 2021 Mark Youngdale Educational Scholarship. On Saturday, August 22, 2020, MBS hosted a benefit for former MBS member Mark Youngsdale. MBS members donated money for bonsai items that were donated by Mark’s widow, Linda Youngsdale, and former MBS member Jeff Aldridge. In return for this gracious donation, Linda wanted proceeds to benefit the continuing education mission of MBS.
Scholarships created from these funds will be open to MBS active members who seek to increase their bonsai craft by attending an MBS workshop(s), training provided by MBS, or a convention elsewhere.

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CONVENTIONS&EXHIBITS

Update on MABA being held in Milwaukee, it will be held  June 22-26, 2022 

View most recent PDF https://minnesotabonsaisociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MABAMilwaukee22_NewDatesMoreWorkshops.pdf

Interested in other events and exhibits around the country?

Please see the link below.

READ MORE  >>


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. 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 >>

MBS LIBRARY

THE SOCIETY HAS AN EXTENSIVE LIBARY OF BOOKS, DVDS AND MAGAZINES. 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 >>

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 >>