40th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition Review

The 40th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition was held at the Chicago Botanic Garden August 18-20, 2017.

This year's show, one of the largest for the society in recent history, had over 115 trees and suiseki registered from across the region, and drew wide attendance to not only the quality of the trees, but also the 14 workshops and 20 vendors selling Bonsai-related materials.

Due to flooding at the Garden earlier in the season closing the Chicago Botanic Garden for a few days, the Mid-America Exhibition shared the space with the Chicagoland Cactus and Succulent Society, who was able to reschedule their yearly show which was impacted by the flooding.

Ribbons were awarded by our guest master Kathy Shaner to trees across three classes, Novice, Open and Professional.  All classes were well represented and included varied materials across distinct types and styles, as well as suiseki, and shohin displays.

A selection of award-winning trees follows in the gallery - click on the images for a larger view.  Of special note is the Dwarf Brush Cherry tree - a tree which was shown in the first Mid-Ameria Bonsai Exhibit in 1977, returning now 40 years later, in great heath!