The 44th Annual Bonsai Exhibit
Presented by members of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society
September 19-21, 2014
An exhibit of the best trees of our members... along with trees in training
With Special Guest
Colin Lewis has been growing bonsai as an artistic discipline for over thirty years, beginning in his native England and now in the USA. Having been trained in graphic design, which he practiced until his relocation in 2001, it is inevitable that he has some personal opinions about the creativity of bonsai design. He explains that he wants each bonsai he creates to be different, as original as possible and finds this as important as learning good techniques or horticultural practices. But once we have learned these stylistic traditions and techniques, we should observe what they achieve aesthetically and seek our own ways to achieve the same.
Admission to exhibit, vendor area and demonstration is free
Friday, September 19, 6 pm -9 pm
Saturday, September 20, 10 am -5 pm
Saturday Demonstration, 1 pm -5 pm
Sunday, September 21, 10 am -4 pm
See the Exhibit Flyer for details and times for this 3 day exhibit. Watch this site for current news.
Check out MBS Annual Exhibit in Previous Years
Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park
9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130
Multi-Media Room on the Lower Level
Register for Banquet and/or Workshops
Big News – Registration will open for workshops with Colin Lewis at the August Meeting
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Registrations will begin being accepted at the August meeting 6:00 PM
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
Consider joining your best choice for bonsai fun, education, and community service, Join MBS, and let the fun begin.
Ancient Arts Bonsai carries pre bonsai, pots, and supplies. Ron can be found during several club meetings with trees and supplies. (262) 490-8733 email@example.com
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
Charlotte Fung Miller All original works are in classic and contemporary Chinese brush painting techniques, on handmade rice papers. Originals are sold matted and framed. 262-594-3767
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
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
The Dwarf Siberian spruce was named for the region to which it is native,
but can be found growing between Ontario and Wisconsin and is hardy to zone 4.
Picea omorika 'Nana' is one of the few spruces with flat needles like a hemlock,
not the four-sided needles of most spruces. They are short needles, lustrous dark
green above while the underside has two broad, white stomata bands.
These bands collectively standout, creating a unique silvery contrast
which makes Jin and shari look especially nice.
These nursery stock specimens are in 1-2 gallon pots, recommended for anyone who wants to get started with spruces (or add another one).
Saturday 9- 12:30 All levels
Limit 6 participants
Taxus x media 'Densiformis
The hybrid between English yew (Taxus baccata) and Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata), Taxus x media is a semi-dwarf, with flat, supple, dark green needles. Yews are classified as conifers, but female plants (yews are dioecious) produce red, fleshy, single-seeded fruit instead of cones. 'Densiformis' is a female cultivar. It tolerates a wide range of soils as long as drainage is good. It also tolerates full shade and considerable pruning. Yews back bud easily on old wood as long as there is some foliage farther out to feed the new bud growth so styling can be dramatic.
These nursery stock specimens are in burlap about 22 inches tall and ready for Colin’s unique view on design. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain material suitable for our area and work with an outstanding bonsai artist.
Sunday 9- 12:30 all levels
Limit 6 participants
This will be an excellent opportunity to obtain great material and work with an outstanding bonsai artist.
Bring Your Own Material
Sunday 1- 4:30 Intermediate to Advanced
Limit 6 participants
Bring your own material and initiate a new bonsai project. This is a rare opportunity to take a look at one of your own trees with the master of transformation and come up with a new unique style, or advance the tree along its current path with Colin Lewis'guidance
Workshops at all levels are available for MBS members. We will have 2 days of workshops. The Public Workshop is tailored to the general public where the participants will be styling their own tropical tree with the help of MBS members.
Exhibit Critique and Reception
Friday 6- 9 pm Free
Everyone is welcome
Colin Lewis has been growing bonsai as an artistic discipline for over thirty years, beginning in his native England and now in the USA. Having been trained in graphic design, which he practiced until his relocation in 2001, it is inevitable that he has some personal opinions about the creativity of bonsai design. He explains that he wants each bonsai he creates to be different, as original as possible and finds this as important as learning good techniques or horticultural practices. But once we have learned these stylistic traditions and techniques, we should observe what they achieve aesthetically and seek our own ways to achieve the same
Saturday 1- 5 pm Free
Everyone is welcome
When asked if he prefers teaching newer or more advanced students, Colin replied, “Beginners are great to teach because their excitement and enthusiasm is refreshing, and they can learn good habits right off the bat. Advanced students are rewarding to teach because they understand the more esoteric aspects of bonsai. It’s the in-betweeners that are the hardest; people who have been going to demonstrations, workshops and club meetings for a decade or so and have so much conflicting information and believe all of it!Colin Lewis will share his 30 plus years of teaching at all levels with his unique approach as he A teacher has to respond to the students at hand. This opportunity for everyone is not to be missed.