May
1
7:00 pm19:00

May Midwest Bonsai Society Meeting

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Room: Burnstein Hall
7:00 PM - Bonsai 101, Topic: Flowering trees, Wire and wiring, Pinching and pruning
7:30 PM - Main Program, Topic: Guest Artist Phil Mahliot will be presenting 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.

May
20
1:00 pm13:00

Workshop: Children's Workshop (Saturday)

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Children’s Workshop. Frank Mihalic of Wildwood Gardens will lead a workshop in which children can create a beautiful Bonsai from Shimpaki Juniper stock. Pot, wire and soil are included. Register at the Exhibit or on-line now.

Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $10.00 (Total fee)
Location: Regenstein Center – Courtyard Gallery
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May
21
9:00 am09:00

Workshop: Japanese Black Pines (Pinus thunbergiana) Shohin

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

An excellent opportunity for beginners and new students.  Cass Bonsai Gardens.  Work with Brian Ciskowski, noted Bonsai artist, on Japanese Black Pines (Pinus thunbergiana) Shohin.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Limit: 10 participants
Materials Fee: $25.00
Location: Regenstein Center – Pullman Room
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May
21
1:00 pm13:00

Workshop: Children's Workshop (Sunday)

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Children’s Workshop. Frank Mihalic of Wildwood Gardens will lead a workshop in which children can create a beautiful Bonsai from Shimpaki Juniper stock. Pot, wire and soil are included. Register at the Exhibit or on-line now.

Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $10.00 (Total fee)
Location: Regenstein Center – Courtyard Gallery
Register: Signup now at Eventbrite

Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

June Midwest Bonsai Society Meeting

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Room: Burnstein Hall
7:00 PM - Bonsai 101, Topic: Pinching and pruning, Jin, Shari and Saba-miki
7:30 PM - Main Program, Topic: Work on Society-provided trees in groups.  Trees will be raffled off at the end of the program.
(Program subject to change)

Jul
10
7:00 pm19:00

July Midwest Bonsai Society Meeting

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Room: Burnstein Hall
7:00 PM - Bonsai 101, Topic: Daily care of bonsai, Fertilizing and feeding
7:30 PM - Main Program, Topic: Bring your trees as we talk about Tree preparation for our August Exhibition.
(Program subject to change)

Aug
7
7:00 pm19:00

August Midwest Bonsai Society Meeting

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Room: Burnstein Hall
7:00 PM - Bonsai 101, Topic: Accent plants, Display stands
7:30 PM - Main Program, Topic: Bring your trees as we discuss Tree preparation for the August Exhibition's Critique.
(Program subject to change)


Nov
7
7:00 pm19:00

November Midwest Bonsai Society Meeting

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regeinstein Center

Room: Burnstein Hall
CONFIRMED SCHEDULE
7:00 PM - Bonsai 101: Fall Care for Bonsai
7:30 PM - Guest Master Andy Smith is tentatively scheduled to work on a tree.  Keep checking back here for confirmation of the program.

Aug
21
1:30 pm13:30

Children's Workshop with Wildwood Gardens

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center

Frank Mihalic, Bonsai artist will help kids in a Children’s Workshop.  Each child will leave with a small potted Bonsai tree.  Workshop fee is $10.00.

Skill level: Beginner
Limit:  30 participants
Material fee: Included in $10.00 registration fee.
Location: Bernstein room, Regenstein Center
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Tropical Tree Workshop with Da Su Bonsai
Aug
21
9:00 am09:00

Tropical Tree Workshop with Da Su Bonsai

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center

Dave Lowman will present a choice of trees for a Bonsai workshop.  The trees are high quality tropical, indoor tolerant trees to be styled in a Banyan Style.  Trees include Ficus, Schefflera arboricola Lusseanne (dwarf Schefflera) and others.

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit:  10 participants
Material fee: $49.00
Location: Auditorium Stage, Regenstein Center
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Indigenous Common Hackberry Workshop with Cass Bonsai
Aug
21
9:00 am09:00

Indigenous Common Hackberry Workshop with Cass Bonsai

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center

Work with Brian Ciskowski, noted Bonsai artist on Indigenous Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis).  The trees are seed grown, 12” tall in 6” nursery pots.  Most are multi stem.

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit:  8 participants
Material fee: $35.00
Location: Linnaeus room, Regenstein Center
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Aug
20
1:30 pm13:30

Children's Workshop with Wildwood Gardens

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center

Frank Mihalic, Bonsai artist will help kids in a Children’s Workshop.  Each child will leave with a small potted Bonsai tree.  Workshop fee is $10.00.

Skill level: Beginner
Limit:  30 participants
Material fee: Included in $10.00 registration fee.
Location: Bernstein room, Regenstein Center
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 Japanese Yew Workshop with Bonsai by Fields
Aug
20
1:00 pm13:00

Japanese Yew Workshop with Bonsai by Fields

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center

Mark Fields will be bring a selection of Japanese Yew trees to be styled into Bonsai trees.  Trees have 1” + trunks and are 10”-12” in height.

Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Limit:  8 participants
Material fee: $125.00
Location: Linnaeus Room, Regenstein Center
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Jaboticaba Tree Workshop with International Bonsai
Aug
20
9:00 am09:00

Jaboticaba Tree Workshop with International Bonsai

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center

Bill Valavanis will assist you in designing Bonsai with Jaboticaba (tropical fruit trees).  The trees are in 3 gallon containers and have thumb size trunks.

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced
Limit:  15 participants
Material fee: $45.00
Location: Design Studio, Regenstein Center
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Saikei (Landscape) Trays with Meehan’s Miniatures
Aug
19
1:00 pm13:00

Saikei (Landscape) Trays with Meehan’s Miniatures

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Center

Martha Meehan will work with you on tropical or outdoor Saikei trays (landscape trays).  The trays include rocks, muck, accent plants and trees.

Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Limit: 8 participants
Material fee: $125.00
Location: Plant Science Lab, Regenstein Center
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Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

July Midwest Bonsai Society Meeting

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regeinstein Center

Moved to second Monday of the month due to holiday

Room: Burnstein Hall
7:00 PM - Bonsai 101: Daily care of bonsai
7:30 PM - Guest Master David Martinez will do a presentation and demonstration.  Afterwards, the demonstration tree will be raffled off.

Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

June Midwest Bonsai Society Meeting

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Regeinstein Center

Room: Burnstein Hall
7:00 PM - Bonsai 101: Jin, Shari and Saba-miki
7:30 PM - MBS workshop with trees from Brussel's Bonsai.  Afterwards, the trees will be raffled off.  Always a fun event, come and participate!