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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Next General Meeting - March 7th - Deciduous Trees

Join us on March 7th at 7PM at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center for the second general meeting of the year.

The meeting will start with a Bonsai 101 session on the general approach to bonsai, including the types of plants that make suitable bonsai, as well as how trunks and branches help define the style of the tree.

Additionally, Linda Camp, owner of BC Bonsai, will be presenting on deciduous trees. 

All are welcome!  More information on our meetings, as well as a full schedule, available at our Meetings page.

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12th Annual May Bonsai Exhibit - May 21-22

Though the trees are still bare, and our weather is bouncing between very cold, and unseasonably warm, its time to start planning for the 12th Annual May Bonsai Exhibit. 

Dates are set, workshops are being planned (and open for registration soon), and we're hoping that you are beginning to think of which of your trees would fit in nicely to the exhibit, which focuses on bonsai in training, especially with an emphasis on pictures of the process of developing bonsai.

Exhibit details are available at our page dedicated to the May Bonsai Exhibit.  Keep an eye on those pages for updated details as we get closer.

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Board Elections

Society Members-

Our bylaws require that elections are held every two years for board positions.  In line with this requirement, our November meeting (11/9 at 7PM) will start with an election.

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38th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibit - August 14-16

We're just over a week away from the beginning of the 38th Annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibit.

Come see the Midwest's largest bonsai exhibit, comprised of display trees from across the country, anchored by the Chicago Botanic Garden's own permanent bonsai collection.

In addition to the exhibit, demonstrations and workshops are offered, as well as a sales area with vendors selling bonsai-related items.

Full details available in our section dedicated to the August Exhibit.

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July Society Meeting - 7/13/2015

Monday, July 13th will be the next Society meeting, meeting in the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

7:00 PM - Society-provided tree workshop.  Come work on Society-provided trees in a group setting.  Work with other Society members as raw materials are initially styled.  At completion, trees will be raffled off.  Always a fun meeting!

Note, there will be no Bonsai 101


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June Society Meeting - 6/1/2015

Monday, June 1st will be the next Society meeting.  Meeting in the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden, we have a great program scheduled.

At 7:00, we'll start with Bonsai 101, focusing on care for Azaleas and Pine de-candling.
Then at 7:30 the program continues with an exciting demonstration on Hinoki cypress by Phil Mahliot.

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Ivan Watters Bonsai Workshops at Elawa Farm

Ivan Watters, Midwest Bonsai Board member and former Chicago Botanic Garden Bonsai Curator, will be hosting a series of workshops at Elawa Farm.

6 Weeks.  Tuesdays or Wednesdays, May 12/13 to June 16/17.  6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Click the link below for more details

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May Society Meeting - 5/4/2015

We're excited for a May society meeting full of various topics, please join us at the Regenstein center on Monday, May 4th, 2015:

7:00 PM - Bonsai 101, watering and fertilizing
7:30 PM - Demonstration of the new website
7:45 PM - Chris Baker, Curator of Bonsai at Chicago Botanic Garden, will be performing a demonstration of a multi-tree planting on a slate slab with European cypress trees. The forest/group planting will be raffled off after the demonstration

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