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

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.

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

Admission to exhibit, vendor area and demonstration is free

Show Hours

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

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

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. Ron can be found during several club meetings with trees and supplies. (262) 490-8733 aabonsai@charter.net

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 Prun Trident

Please visit our supporting vendors

Available Workshops

Species to be determined
intermediate class Saturday 9- 12 Beginner to Intermediate
Limit 6 participants

These pre-bonsai specimens will be recommended for beginner to intermediates to start your bonsai journey with an inspiring instructor.

Species to be determined
intermediate class Sunday 9- 12 Intermediate to Advanced
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 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. intermediate class

Guest Artist Programs

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, lewis cypress 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

Demonstration
Saturday 1- 5 pm Free
Everyone is welcome

When asked if he prefers teaching newer or more advanced students, Colin replied, Lewis Hat “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.

Closing Comments
Sunday 4- 5 pm Free
Everyone is welcome

Colin Lewis