Midwest Bonsai Society 14th Annual May Bonsai Exhibit

May 12-13, 2018 - 9AM to 5PM


A newer tradition for the Midwest Bonsai Society is the May Bonsai Exhibit.  Started in 2004, the show is smaller than the August Bonsai Exhibition but is well worth the trip to view the displays of trees.  The Garden Bonsai trees will be displayed in the two courtyards.  Vendors will offer an amazing selection of trees, accent plants, pots, stands, tools and Bonsai books and literature.  There will also be workshops, including a children’s workshop, and bonsai demonstrations.

The May Exhibit is held in the Burnstein Hall of the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  The theme of the show is education.  Members are invited to bring trees in various stages of training, accompanied by explanations of what processes are being used.

There is no fee to attend, but regular parking rates apply for entry into the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Workshops are $50, paid to the Midwest Bonsai Society, plus a materials fee paid directly to the vendor at the time of the workshop (unless otherwise specified).  Signup online, securely, using the link included with each Workshop.



Asian Artiques

Kristy Majeske from Hot Springs, AR will be joining us.  She is bringing a selection of antique Japanese Scroll paintings and a selection of smaller scrolls suitable for display with Bonsai trees.


BC Bonsai

Local grower of Bonsai starter stock grown at their nursery.  Grown without grafting they have both container and field grown trees.  Linda Camp and Jim Beck teach classes and also offer Bonsai supplies.  www.bcbonsai.com


Cass Bonsai

From Edwardsville, IL, the Cass brothers offer an excellent selection of Bonsai trees and supplies.  They have been a constant presence at the Midwest Bonsai shows for many year.  We are delighted to have them back.  Brian is also a noted Bonsai artist.  www.cassbonsaigardens.com


Fred Tarnow Pottery

Fred is one two Midwest Bonsai members with displays at the May show.  He offers his pottery for your pleasure.  Fred is also an expert on Suiseki stones.  Occasionally he can be persuaded to part with one his stones.


Karen Schuman Pottery

Karen is the second Midwest Bonsai member showing her work at the May show.  She has been creating beautiful Bonsai pots of various sizes, shapes, textures and colors for many years.  We just wish she had time to make a lot more pots.

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The Midwest Bonsai Society will have a table dedicated to helping new Bonsai owners and current Bonsai owners.  It will offer advice on care and maintenance of Bonsai Trees. www.midwestbonsai.org


Wildwood Gardens


Welcome back again to Frank Mihalic from Chardon, OH.  Frank and his father Tony have made Wildwood into a thriving Bonsai business.    In addition to the amazing variety of Bonsai trees and accent plant offered he is also a gifted teacher.  This year Frank is conducting Children’s Bonsai workshops on Sat. and Sun. afternoons.   www.wildwoodgardens.com



Tree Registration

Tree registration is open to all, irregardless of residency, membership, or skill.  The May Exhibition is focused on trees in training, and we encourage all members of the Bonsai community to show their trees.  There is no cost to enter this non-judged Exhibition.

Information on the tree registration process will be available as the Exhibition gets closer.