MBS Newsletter

May & June 2019


Constitution & Bylaws Update: In 2018, the Minnesota Bonsai Society (MBS) Board decided to update the MBS Constitution and Bylaws. As a result, version 1-1-2019 of the MBS Constitution and Bylaws was drafted for your review. The Board voted in December 2018 to present this version to the Society’s membership for review and a vote in 2019.

The MBS Constitution and Bylaws version 1-1-2019 will be discussed at the March and April general membership meetings. Comments to the proposed updates can be made by email, or at the general membership meeting or at a board meeting. The comment period will end on April 15th. The Board will review all comments at the April 2019 Board meeting, make revisions if necessary and prepare for a vote by the membership. The final version of the updated Constitution and Bylaws will be posted on the MBS website. Click here to view the draft for review >> (you must be logged in as a member to view)

2019 Mother’s Day Exhibit: The annual Como Mother’s Day event is coming up fast and we still need volunteers to cover shifts on Saturday and Sunday, and demonstrators for both days. You can signup at the general meeting, on our website (click here) under volunteering, or contact John Falenschek at johnfalenschek@gmail.com. Please consider thoughtfully about volunteering to make this a great event.

2019 Member Tour and Picnic: MBS is looking for members to display their trees and gardens on the 2019 annual MN Bonsai Society tour this summer on July 27th. We also need someone to host the picnic which can be pot luck or catered. If you are interested in being the picnic host, or be a stop on the tour, please contact Mark Youngdale (younghop@ymail.com). Thank you!


General Meetings
Tuesday, May 7 – 7pm – Please note that the May, June, July, August and September General Meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall room at the Gloria DEI church. This Gloria DEI church is located 3 miles south of the Hamline Church on Snelling.

Gloria DEI (Click for directions >>)
Room: Fellowship Hall
700 Snelling Avenue South
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116

Cost: Free for Members! (No signup needed)
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels

Bonsai Basics Class: These classes are a perfect way for new members with less experience to learn the basics of bonsai and work on their trees. Each class covers different topics from potting and wiring to wintering your trees. Come and join the fun and learn bonsai. Attendance is voluntary and free for members; pick and choose the classes of interest to you, no sign-up required. Please contact Van Jensen with any questions. The May meeting will concentrate on deciduous trees as bonsai. Participants are encouraged to bring their deciduous trees for shaping, wiring and air layering, etc. You may also bring conifers to work on. Please contact Van Jensen with any questions. (Click to Read More…) 

Cost: Free for Members! (No signup needed)
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: Tuesday, May 21 – 7pm
Location: St. Christopher’s Church in Roseville. (Directions)

NEW Bonsai Concepts Class: This class for all skill levels will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year and will dive deeper into specific topics to further develop your skills as a bonsai artist. You will benefit from the ability to study a topic in-depth and have a chance to work on your trees in a group setting. The May meeting will focus on air layering. Watch a demonstration on air layering or bring trees you would like to air layer! Please contact Van Jensen (Thursday Classes) or Dale Krueger (Saturday Classes) with any questions. (Click to Read More)

Cost: Free for Members! (No signup needed)
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: Thursday, May 16 – 7pm
Location: St. Christopher’s Church in Roseville. (Directions)


May 7 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM –General Meeting @ Gloria DEI location
May 11-12 – Saturday, Sunday – Mother’s Day Bonsai Show at Como Conservatory
May 16 – Thursday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Concepts Class* (Air Layering)
May 18 – Bonsai Basics nursery tour with Lionel Flood
May 18, 19 – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM – Introduction to Bonsai Workshops
May 21 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics*
May 28 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting (Roseville)
May 24-26 – Brussel’s Rendezvous 2019 Convention

June 4 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting Gloria DEI location
June 8 – Saturday, 10am – Spring Auction – open to the public
June 18 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Bonsai Basics Class*
June 22 – Saturday 12-4pm – Bonsai Concepts Class*  (Pine and Deciduous Work)
June 25 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – Board Meeting (Location TBD)
June 15 & 16 – Fundamentals Class (Level II) with Matt Reel


For Members: (Click to View)
MBS Online book and DVD library
MBS Classified Section
Bonsai Resources (Wire, tools, etc…)
Board Minutes – December 2018
January Board Minutes
MBS Store at Land’s End

Featured Articles:
Making Chopsticks for Repotting
Decked Out – Pacific Bonsai Museum Exhibit
Potting a Rocky Mountain Juniper – Ryan Neil
Repotting a Black Pine