November Midwest Bonsai Meeting and Board Election

Our November Society meeting will be held on November 6th at the Chicago Botanic Garden and is the last meeting of 2017.  The meeting will start at 7PM with Bonsai 101, and the main meeting will be the elections for our Board.  The following positions are open:
President
Executive Vice President
Vice President in Charge of Special Events
Vice President in Charge of Monthly Programs
Treasurer
Secretary
3 Member-at-Large Positions

Hope to see you at the meeting!

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October Society Meeting and White Elephant Sale

October Society Meeting and White Elephant Sale

Join us for our October meeting on Monday October 2nd. At 7PM our Bonsai 101 session will cover purchasing new trees, as well as fall care for bonsai. At 7:30, we will have our annual White Elephant sale. Bring items you no longer want to sell to other society members. Hope to see you there!

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40th Annual Mid-America Exhibition Wrap-Up

40th Annual Mid-America Exhibition Wrap-Up

The 40th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition was held August 18-20th.  Being one of the largest exhibitions in recent history, we're proud of the quality of the trees exhibited by members of the Midwest Bonsai Society, as well as other Bonsai enthusiasts from around the region and country!

We've prepared a Exhibition Review page, which includes a gallery of selected ribbon winners.

And don't forget to save the date! The 41st Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition will return to the Chicago Botanic Garden August 17-19, 2018 - it's never too early to start planning and preparing trees!

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August Meeting on Monday - Prepare your trees for the Mid-America Exhibition!

Join us Monday for our August Society Meeting. Past president Cat Nelson will be speaking about accent plants - with a specific focus on preparing them and other accessories for the August Exhibition. We'll also dedicate time during the meeting to preparing your own trees and displays - so please bring items you are planning to show! Reminder, only 2 weeks until the 40th Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition. More information on our page dedicated to the August Exhibition.

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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 http://www.midwestbonsai.org/august-exhibition/about#tree-registration

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