Only Three Weeks to the 40th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition!

We're only three weeks away from the 40th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition, held as always at the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Join us August 18-20 for one of the largest Bonsai Exhibitions in the United States.  Trees from around the country will be on display, along with vendors, workshops and demonstrations, all centered around the Chicago Botanic Garden's world-class Bonsai collection.  Guest Master Kathy Shaner will be presiding over the judging of the trees.

More information is available on our page dedicated to the August Exhibition.  See you then!

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Boxwood Blight - And Changes to Chicago Botanic Garden Policies

Due to the migration of Boxwood Blight into the areas of Lake and Cook Counties, Illinois, the Chicago Botanic Garden has instituted a policy disallowing all Buxus plant materials brought in by visitors, vendors and others to the Garden, to protect the Garden's collections.  This has immediate impact to the Society, Visiting Guest Artists, and attendees registering trees for our twice-yearly exhibitions. Read more about Boxwood Blight at our dedicated page.

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May Society Meeting - Guest Artist Phil Mahliot

Guest Artist Phil Mahliot will be presenting at our next meeting (May 1st, 7:00PM) on the care of conifers comparing and contrasting Pines and Junipers.  After the main presentation he will hopefully have time to comment on a few trees for our members.  If you would like to bring a Pine or Juniper for Mr. Mahliot to critique, please do so, but please be mindful of our time constraints.  Mr. Mahliot will have first choice of the trees he reviews.  If there are more we will have a drawing for the order of presentation.

Full details are available at our Meetings Page

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Annual Repotting Meeting - March 27th

Our annual repotting meeting, usually held in April, will actually be held on March 27th, due to a scheduling conflict at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Bring trees, supplies, pots and other materials; the Society will provide unsifted Turface if you need potting medium.  Members will be available to help you repot if you aren't familiar with how to do it.

Hope to see you there!

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Tree Registration for the 39th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition - TODAY

Tree Registration for the 39th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibit is today, between 12 and 7, at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center.  There is no cost for registration, which is open to all, with no membership or residency requirements.

Please make sure your trees are thoroughly watered before being registered for the show. Trees will be spot-watered only throughout the weekend.

Full details at

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39th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition - August 19-21

The 39th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden this August 19-21st.

Workshops are still available for signup using the safe and secure Eventbrite service.

Planning to exhibit a tree? New this year, pre-register your tree online to speed up the registration process on Thursday before the show.

Full details about the exhibition, workshops, vendors and tree registration is all available on our website at

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Guest Master Jerry Meislik, Monday 8/1!

This Midwest Bonsai Society is excited to welcome guest master Jerry Meislik to our regularly scheduled Society meeting on Monday 8/1!  Our program will start at 7PM with our Bonsai 101 session on accent plants and then quickly transition into the full program with Jerry.  Jerry is well-known for his work with Tropical plants.  After the program, the tree Jerry works on will be raffled off.  For more information on Jerry's work, take a look at his website We look forward to seeing you at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center at 7PM sharp!

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Midwest Bonsai Society's May Meeting - 5/2/2016

This upcoming Monday, May 2nd, at 7:00PM we will meet at the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden for our May society meeting.

We have a great program planned, including a Bonsai 101 on Pruning and Pinching, and then a Demonstration by Chris Baker, Curator of the Bonsai Collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Chris will be performing work on a Pine.

Additionally, we will have tables in the back for members to sell any Bonsai-related items.

Hope to see you there!

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April 4th Meeting - Annual Repotting Meeting

April 4th is fast approaching.  We hope to see you at 7PM at the Chicago Botanic Garden for our annual repotting meeting.  Now that trees are starting to wake from dormancy, bring trees ready to be repotted (no tropical trees yet).  The Society provides some unsifted Turface, as well as some pots, but bring your trees, tools, and any other materials you might need to start off the Spring repotting season!

Do you have questions about advanced techniques, such as air-layering, root work, and propagation techniques?  Senior Society members will be there to help answer questions.

More information on our meetings at

Hope to see you there!

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