MBS Newsletter

Autumn Newsletter 2018

Autumn Newsletter 2018


Hello MBS members,
We are in need of support for the 2019 board. In order for MBS to grow and thrive, like our trees, our club needs tending. I know that MBS has wonderful experienced members willing to share, are open to new ideas, and filled with enthusiasm. Regardless of whether you consider yourself experienced in the art of bonsai or not, you have talents that can ensure we develop and shape MBS to it’s best potential. If you could take on a role within our board, it will not only give you a stronger investment in our club, the MBS community will be stronger for it. Please consider joining our board in 2019. Elections will be held at the December general meeting.

Please contact me if you would like to be on our board as a director or know someone who might be interested. (mbsorg.president@gmail.com) Note that the directors work with the board on club policies etc. We meet once per month.

I hope to hear from some of you soon.

Dave Weiss,
MBS President


Fundamentals with Matt Reel Class – The summer meet-up will be held on Saturday, August 25th. You will receive an email with time and location with all the details. The weekend workshop on September 22 & 23 will be held at the Washington State Fair grounds. https://minnesotabonsaisociety.org/shop/member-workshop-matt-reel/

Ted Matson Styling Workshop – Openings are still available for the workshop with Ted Matson on Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3. This is the only chance you will have this year as a club member to work with an excellent teacher and artist, one on one, on a tree that might need some fine tuning or some direction on setting up your tree for future development. There are also observer positions available that allow you to gather in the information and techniques that Ted offers to each individual. Both are outstanding learning opportunities.

Ted has a unique background of having worked with many individuals, side by side, from John Naka to Ryan Neil. He shares this information in a thoughtful, open and informative way and is very passionate about bonsai.

Member Meetings:

General Meetings:
Tuesday, September 4
Our visiting professional, Ted Matson, curates the bonsai garden at the Huntingdon Gardens in Pasadena, CA. The bonsai garden has trees donated by several of the better known bonsai artists such as Ben Oki, Harry Hirao, and John Naka. Ryan Neil has been working with Ted on recovering health in some of the trees. Ted will do a presentation on the Huntingdon Gardens bonsai collection and Huntingdon, in general. The Huntingdon has a large Japanese Garden and a Chinese Garden that is being extended. A trip to the Huntingdon is well worth your time. It is easily an entire day or two days depending on whether you wish to see all the libraries, etc. it also has snack shops associated with different areas that serve tasty foods.

Tuesday, October 2
October program will be a show and tell of trees that were bought in local nurseries and developed into bonsai. unique local nurseries are becoming scarcer with highway and housing expansions but still present a valuable source of low cost material to the bonsai enthusiast. Even the chain nurseries like Home Depot have occasional good deals on material they view as not good for the home gardener but with bonsai character. People are invited to bring one or two of their easier to carry trees and talk about what they did to share with the audience.

Tuesday, November 6 – November is election time. The candidates for the various offices are introduced to the group for voting in December.

The LED discussion planned for April but derailed by the snow storm will be the focus of November’s program. People are welcome to bring their ideas on LED use in storage, tree development, etc. LEDs are getting more cost effective to replace halogen lamps and fluorescent lights in plant culture in general.

Tuesday, December 4 – December we vote on the board candidates and have the December Christmas party.

Bonsai Basics Meeting:
September 18 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – We will be discussing fall care & watering. Please bring trees to work on.
October 16 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – We will be discussing wintering
November 20 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – We will be discussing tool maintenance and record keeping
December – No meeting this month

Intermediates Meeting:
September 20 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Kirk Mona will be discussing American style vs. Japanese style bonsai
October 18 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Meeting Topic TBD
November & December – No meetings

Calendar of Events: (Click here to view full 2018 calendar of events >>)

September Activities:
September 01 – Saturday – Minnesota State Fair Show
September 02, 03 – Sunday, Monday (Labor Day) – Ted Matson Styling Workshops
September 04 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting 
September 14-16 – Portland NW Bonsai Rendezvous 2018 Convention
September 15,16 – 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
September 18 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics (Fall Care & Watering)
September 20 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Intermediates
September 22 & 23 – Fundamentals with Matt Reel Fall Session
September 22 – Normandale Japanese Garden Festival Saturday, 11am – 5:30pm
September 25 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting

October Activities:
October 02 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM –General Meeting 
October 16 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics (Wintering)
October 18 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Intermediates
October 20 – Saturday, 10:00 AM – Fall Bonsai Auction – Open to the public
October 23 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting