The 47th Annual Bonsai Exhibit

Presented by members of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society

October 13-15, 2017

An exhibit of the best trees of our members... along with trees in training

With Special Guest

Matt Reel

Matt Reel recently finished a staggering 8-year apprenticeship in Japan with master Shinji Suzuki. Matt returned to the US in 2014 and is known for his broad expertise in a wide range of conifers and deciduous trees, as well as his knowledge of bonsai pots and bonsai display aesthetics. Matt is increasingly in demand as a presenter, due to his highly-refined styling of trees, combined with his appealing manner. Matt’s work on a large juniper was featured in the January 2015 issue of the Japanese bonsai magazine, Kinbon. He was also featured in the November issue. In 2016 he was the featured artist at Generation Bonsai with Walter Pall in Germany. And in 2017 he will be our featured guest for the 47th Annual Bonsai Exhibit.

Admission to exhibit, vendor area and demonstration is free


Show Hours

Friday, October 13, 6 pm -9 pm
Saturday, October 14, 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday Demonstration, 1 pm - 5 pm
Sunday, October 15, 10 am - 3 pm

Check out MBS Annual Exhibit in Previous Years

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park
9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130
(414) 525-5600
Multi-Media Room on the Lower Level

Register for Banquet and/or Workshops

Register your Tree for the Exhibit

Drop off is Thursday October 12 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM Download, print the form found in the newsletter
Remember to pre-register your tree by October 9 for judging.

Help publicize the Annual Exhibit

Bring addresses to the next meeting so we can mail a postcard invitation.
Pick up a poster at the next meeting and put it up somewhere
Or Download, and print the Poster

Volunteer Opportunities

Annual Exhibit October 13th-15th Volunteers needed during the Annual Exhibit Available opportunities for: Greeters at entry tables, Security in display area, and Workshop/Demo attendant. See the sign-up sheet for dates, times, and duty descriptions. Look at your calendar and email Wally V.
Annual Exhibit Volunteer Sign-Up .
Sign-up sheet will also be available at the September meeting.

Consider joining your best choice for bonsai fun, education, and community service, Join MBS, and let the fun begin.

Participating Vendors

Ancient Arts Bonsai carries pre bonsai, pots, and supplies. AABonsai truck Ron can be found during several club meetings with trees and supplies. (262) 490-8733

BC Bonsai is the largest dealer of bonsai and supplies in the Chicago area. BC Bonsai has thousands of bonsai and pre bonsai trees, hundreds of bonsai pots, a large inventory of bonsai tools and wire (copper and Aluminum). (630)690-0404

Nino's Landscape Company a long time supporter of the club offers bonsai tools, pots, fertilizers and nursery supplies during several of the club meetings. (414) 761-9298

Wisco Bonsai carries soil substrate, muck, cutty putty, pots from John Menzel and apparel. Wisco Bonsai Logo Kevin has a large social media presence and is launching in October.

Milwaukee Bonsai Society understands that a lasting relationship grows success in an organization. Because of this philosophy, MBS wishes to acknowledge our supporting vendors

Please visit our supporting vendors

Available Workshops

Bring Your Own Material
Limit 6 participants

Bring your own material and initiate a new bonsai project or refine an existing bonsai. This is a great opportunity to take a look at one of your own trees with the artist of transformation and come up with a new unique style, or advance the tree along its current path with Matt Reel’s guidance.

Workshops at all levels are available for MBS members. We will have 2 days of workshops.

Guest Artist Programs

Exhibit Critique and Reception
Friday 6- 9 pm Free
Everyone is welcome

My name is Matt Reel, Matt Reel “Bonsai found me when I was walking around the mall in my Portland neighborhood on a typical afternoon, nothing out of the ordinary, until my eyes were drawn to a peculiar looking kiosk. I was 13 and didn’t really know what to think about the little tree’s in pots, except that I was fascinated by them and had to know more. I have always felt at home being outdoors in the great NW, so I knew at least that this was the glue that would bond me indefinitely to Bonsai.”

Saturday 1- 5 pm Free
Matt will be demonstrating on spectacular material. Do not miss.
Everyone is welcome

Matt with Pine


Matt with Pine