MBS Newsletter

April, May & June 2021


April 2021
April 6, 2021 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Zoom Meeting with David De Groot
April 17 & 18 – Fundamentals with Peter Tea (Level 2)
April 24 – Saturday,
10-1pm – Bonsai Basics Class*
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class*

May 4 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting*  @Como Picnic Pavillion 
May 10 – Monday, 10:00 am – Garden Nursery Tour
May 15, 16 – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM – Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
May 22 – Saturday –
10-1 pm– Bonsai Basics Class*
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class*
May 25 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)

June 1 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting*  TBD
June 12 – Saturday, 10am – Spring Auction
June 19 – Saturday 9-12pm- Bonsai Basics Class*
June 22 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)
June 22 – Saturday, 9-11am Introduction to Bonsai Webinar (Free, Register Online Here >> )

Full 2021 calendar is available below, but dates and locations subject to change. Please check for changes prior to event.

View full calendar here >>


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 >>)


Bonsai Basics & Concepts classes

With the start of a new year filled with change and hope for a return to normalcy, we have made some changes to the Bonsai Basics program. To give everyone more opportunity, we are moving the class from Tuesday nights to Saturday mornings and extending the hours (9am to 12pm.)

Our meeting place will be the Washington Co. Fairgrounds (February will be Via Zoom). We want to be able to spend more time with each individual and to make it easier for those who find it difficult to get there on a weeknight. With this free benefit as member of the Minnesota Bonsai Society, you will take the first step in your learning journey for bonsai; preparing you to advance at your own pace into Concepts, Fundamentals and more intensive personal studies. Each class will begin with a classroom session and discussion on seasonally appropriate work. We will then assist you so that you will gain the confidence to complete this work on your own at home. We ask that you only bring one or two trees to work, or get input on, allowing everyone to be able to participate. No one will go home with a “finished tree”. You cannot create a tree in one session. Each time you work on your tree, you will take steps to improve its’ health and create a more satisfying design.


2021 General Meetings Updates  

Tuesday, May 4 2021 General Meeting
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Como Park Midway Pavilion
1199 Midway Parkway, Saint Paul MN, 55104
Click for Map >> 

Bonsai Assistance Program
Meet the new members
Bring a tree to show (stands and kusamono welcomed)

We will have 20 picnic tables and so are able to keep to 2-3 people per table. Masks are required. Bring your own snacks if desired to be eaten outside the pavilion.

May – August: Will also be at an outdoor venue (Location TBD)
September – December: Held at Gloria Dei Church (original location for meetings)

Please stay tuned for updates.


State Fair Updates 

General meetings for 2021 will be a mix of Zoom, indoor and outdoor events.

January – April: Will be Zoom meetings
• February will be with Jonas Dupuich
• March will be with Andrew Robson
• April will be with David De Groot

May – August: Will be at an outdoor venue (Location TBD)
September – December: Held at Gloria Dei Church (original location for meetings)

Please stay tuned for updates.



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.



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.


Mark Youngdale Educational 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.


Conventions & Exhibits

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

Interested in other events and exhibits around the country?

Please see the link below.


MBS 50th Anniversary Updates

In 2021, we’ll be celebrating 50 years of MBS events, bonsai learning, and educating.

If you are interested in helping MBS plan events for our 50th anniversary year or volunteering at the event, please contact David Weiss at mbsorg.president@gmail.com. Planning is currently underway. If you would like to keep up to date on the progress, you can read the meeting minutes in the link below.



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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>