MBS Newsletter

March & April 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear MBS members,

To ensure we are doing everything to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we made the hard decision to cancel all classes in March and April. For everyone that was planning to attend these repotting classes, there are great online videos including a free beginner series from Mirai. Episode 9 is on repotting. (Click here to view series)  

For all updates on upcoming events, please visit this newsletter page on the website, or our Facebook page for the most recent information on cancellations. Thank you for your continued support and please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
– MBS


President’s Column – April 2020

Hello Minnesota Bonsai Members. It is with a heavy heart that I type this month’s president’s column knowing that our world has turned upside down. Covid 19 has created some pretty unprecedented life style changes for the world, not just our bonsai club. I hope that this column finds you healthy and finding peace as you work on your trees in this very busy season for Bonsai. Our April general meeting has been canceled.  Keep checking the website for updates on upcoming events. We do also know that the Mother’s Day event has been canceled. Como has canceled all events through Mother’s Day weekend. We’ll keep you posted on the website. …

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MBS 50th Anniversary

As some of you already know, the 50th Anniversary is coming in 2021. As the 50th committee starts to plan the event, they would like your input on the following survey. It is only 6 questions and should take a few minutes to complete. Here is the link to the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BHXTZVJ

Thank you in advance for your input!


Peter Tea Fundamentals Sign-up

Sold out! Thank you to everyone that registered.

Upcoming schedule:
January 25: 12-2pm
Sunday, March 29 with Matt Reel Group March event is cancelled
With Peter:
April 18 & 19: 10:00-6:00 April event is cancelled
Oct 10 & 11: 10:00-6:00

The Fundamentals series is a continuous learning program designed to teach you foundational bonsai skills; which you will build and expand upon, through guided practice, in a learning environment. Unlike styling workshops, this first of its kind experience offers MBS members the exclusive…

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Matt Reel Fundamentals Sign-up

Observer spots now available to all members! Each session begins with classroom instruction that will focus on appropriate seasonal work in order to understand proper techniques, their application and expected outcomes. Following the classroom instruction, you will observe working members work on techniques with Matt’s guidance.

Upcoming 2020 schedule:
Sunday, March 29 with Sue and Dale – March date cancelled
June 27 & 28 and October 24 & 25

The Fundamentals series is a continuous learning program designed to teach you foundational bonsai skills; which you will build and expand upon, through guided practice, in a learning environment.

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April & May General Meetings – Free for members!

April general meeting is cancelled

Where: Gloria DEI (Click for directions >>)
When: First Tuesday of the month  @ 7pm (Except January)

Attendance is voluntary; pick and choose the meetings of interest to you, no sign-up required.

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Bonsai Concepts Class – Free for members!
March class is cancelled

Hello everyone,

Attendance is voluntary; pick and choose the meetings of interest to you, no sign-up required.

Where: Washington County State Fair Grounds, 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 (Directions…)

PLEASE NOTE: the main entrance is now on Washington Co 15 at a stoplight across from the Holiday gas station.

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Bonsai Basics Class – Free for members!

April class is cancelled
The Bonsai Basics classes are a perfect way for new, and members with less experience to learn the basics of bonsai and work on their trees. Classes are held once a month.

Attendance is voluntary; pick and choose the meetings of interest to you, no sign-up required.

When: Class Cancelled for March. Classes are held at 7 PM on the third Tuesday of each month, February through November.
Where: St. Christopher’s Church in Roseville. (Directions…)

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Akadama, Pumice and Lava for sale

There are still a few bags of akadama, pumice and lava available for purchase online.

Please contact Dale and Sue after placing order.

Contact information for pickup (In Stillwater, MN) will be emailed after purchase.

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MABA Convention 2020

The Mid-America Bonsai Alliance, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Bonsai Society is pleased to be hosting top talented bonsai artists during MBS’s 50th Annual Exhibit at the 2020 MABA/Milwaukee 2020 Convention. Mark your calendars now and make plans to celebrate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28, 2020. The 2020 convention will feature something for everyone, including demonstrations, workshops, presentations and an exciting bonsai exhibit.

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FEATURED ARTICLES

President’s Column January 2020 (Click to View)
New Missed a General Meeting?  (Click to view past programs)
2020 Bonsai Conventions (Click to View)
Most Recent Board Minutes (Click to View >>)
2019 State Fair Slide Show (Click to View)
Making chopsticks for repotting –  (Click to View >>)
Repotting a black pine–  (Click to View >>)
Repotting a Rocky Mountain Juniper (Click to View)
Visit with Suthin – Garden Tour (Click to View >>)


UPCOMING EVENTS

March
March 3 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting  @ Gloria DEI location*
March 17 – Tuesday, 7:00 PMBonsai Basics Class* This event is cancelled
March 21 – Saturday, 12-4 PM – Bonsai Concepts Class*  This event is cancelled
March 24 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting (Zoom Meeting)
March 29 – Sunday, 1-5PM Matt Reel and Peter Tea Fundamentals This event is cancelled

April
April 7 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting  This event is cancelled
April 18 & 19 – Fundamentals with Peter Tea (Level I) This event is cancelled
April 21 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics Class*  This event is cancelled
April 28 – Tuesday, 6:30 PM – Board Meeting (Zoom Meeting)

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MBS CLASSIFIEDS

NEW! CHECK OUT OUR NEW CLASSIFIEDS SECTION 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 >>

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

SIGN-UP TODAY! 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 >>

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 >>

BONSAI SOIL

AKADAMA, PUMICE & LAVA MBS orders pallets of soil for members to keep costs down. Only while supplies last. Pickup only in Stillwater MN. Order Now >>