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! Read More
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. Read More
Only three days to our May Exhibit! Online tree registration is now open. Details on tree registration, as well as other pertinent details on the Exhibit, are available on our May Exhibit page. Read More
Only a few weeks until our 13th Annual May Bonsai Exhibition - Join us for a "Bonsai Learning Experience" - Full details of the Exhibition are available at our May Exhibition Page Read More
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 Read More
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.
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As we continue to refine the programs for this year's meetings, we've updated our Calendar to reflect the currently scheduled programs at each meeting. Interested in a topic that you don't see? Send us an email! http://www.midwestbonsai.org/meetings/ Read More
Mark your calendars! The 13th Annual Midwest Bonsai Society's May Exhibit returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden on May 20th and 21st, 9AM to 5PM.
We have the full details of all workshops and vendors available on our May Exhibition page.
See you at the exhibit! Read More
Continuing for 2017, the Chicago Bonsai Club will reconvene the third Wednesday of each month, starting in March.
Join us at the Garfield Park Conservatory's Community Room, from 6PM to 8:30PM - bring your own tree to work with other Chicago-based Midwest Bonsai Society members. The program is free!
The full schedule of meetings is available here. Read More
Though we've recently had 1) chilling temps 2) multiple snow storms and 3) unseasonably warm weather - the MBS Board is making preparations for our 2017 Meetings! While the topics are still being finalized, our schedule is solidified - view it here, and make plans to attend! Check back often as we develop our topics for each meeting, including Bonsai 101 - which helps new members with the basics of Bonsai care. Read More
The annual Midwest Bonsai Society Holiday Party is Wednesday, December 7th, 2016. The setup is at 5:00 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm.
Where: Takiff Center, Aiken Activity Room, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022.
More information on our page about the Holiday Pot Luck. See you there! Read More
After some scheduling changes for our last few meetings of 2016, the Society is happy to welcome Guest Master Andy Smith from South Dakota to our November meeting.
Please join us November 7th at 7PM at the Chicago Botanic Garden. We're excited to have Andy speak and demonstrate on a tree.
For more on Andy's trees, please visit his website at http://www.goldenarrowbonsai.com/ Read More
Due to a scheduling conflict, we've moved the White Elephant Sale to our October Society meeting. Bring items for donation to the Society, and bring money to participate! Always a fun event! The October Society meeting will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center at 7:00 PM on October 3rd. See you there! Read More
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 Read More
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 http://www.midwestbonsai.org/august-exhibition/about Read More
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 www.bonsaihunk.com. We look forward to seeing you at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center at 7PM sharp! Read More
The 39th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden this August 19-21st. Our webpage is live, including the schedule of events, workshops, and the bio of our Guest Master, Colin Lewis.
We look forward to seeing you during the Exhibition! Read More
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! Read More
Walter Pall, internationally renowned Bonsai Artist, will be at the Chicago Botanic Garden this Wednesday, between 6 and 9PM, styling a limber pine that is estimated to be 800 years old. The Chicago Botanic Garden has more information on their website. Read More
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 www.midwestbonsai.org/meetings/
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