The 45th Annual Bonsai Exhibit

Presented by members of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society

September 18-20, 2015

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

With Special Guest and Club Sensei

Ted Matson

Ted Matson has been our clubs sensei (Japanese title used to refer to or address for master instructor) for the past 12 years. In 2012, Ted was honored and recognized for his great service to Golden State Bonsai Federation that also recognized his great service to the art of bonsai; someone who had extended their influence beyond the efforts of GSBF to promote the art of bonsai and encourage cooperation and unity of effort to achieve excellence within the entire bonsai community. To impress the significance of this award, we should note only one other person has ever been bestowed this award and that was John Naka.

Admission to exhibit, vendor area and demonstration is free


Show Hours

Friday, September 18, 6 pm -9 pm
Saturday, September 19, 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday Demonstration, 1 pm - 5 pm
Sunday, September 20, 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

Big News – Registration will open for workshops with Ted Matson at the August Meeting Download, print and complete the Workshop/Banquet Registration Form.
Registrations are being accepted at the August meeting

Register your Tree for the Exhibit

Drop off is Thursday Sept 17 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM Download, print and complete the Tree Registration Form.
Remember to pre-register your tree by September 16 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

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. Prun Trident 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

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

Root over Rock Shimpaku (Juniperus chinensis 'Shimpaku') spruce Get your hands on some great material that someone else has done all the hard work for you already. Material is some really nice shimpaku junipers over some very nice rocks. These trees have been growing over these rocks for several years and have clasped the rocks very nicely. If priced by the pound you would be getting a deal as the rocks certainly do have some weight to them. Give these trees their initial styling this fall and they will be ready for possible repotting in spring 2016 into training pots. These trees were grown in Northern California and hand-picked by the instructor. Shipped out to Wisconsin this spring so they are acclimated to our weather. They will need some winter protection for their first winter here but this material usually fairs very well with minimal attention.
This is an excellent opportunity to obtain unusual style with material suitable for our area and work with an outstanding bonsai instructor.
Saturday 9- 12:30 All levels
Limit 6 participants

Twisted Pomegranates (Punica granatum)
yew Another great piece of material that we do not commonly see in this area. When you see the word twisted, it does not mean that the trunks of these trees have been manipulated in any way. The growth habit of this variety of trees is such that the bark takes on a twist in its appearance as the tree matures. When the conditions are correct these trees will flower and produce fruit. These trees were grown in Northern California and hand-picked by the instructor. Shipped out to Wisconsin this spring so they are acclimated to our weather. The instructor will advise on how to deal with these trees as winter approaches. Ted will guide you on what steps need to be taken to develop these trees. Give these trees their initial styling this fall and they will be ready for possible repotting in spring 2016 into training pots.
This workshop would be good for novice/beginners with minimal experience in taking a workshop or anyone interested in tropical material.
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- 4:00 Intermediate to Advanced
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 Ted Matson’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

Ted Matson began studying bonsai in 1979 in San Francisco, Ted Matson where he learned the basics under John Boyce. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where he became involved in a number of clubs and began a serious pursuit of the art, taking classes from leading masters in Southern California, including Ben Suzuki, Shig and Roy Nagatoshi, Melba Tucker, Warren Hill and John Naka. Although Ted is a lover of shohin bonsai, his collection includes trees of all sizes, styles and a range of species. They are known for their proportion, refinement and detail

Saturday 1- 5 pm Free
Ted will be creating a Trident maple Forest.
Everyone is welcome

Ted with Buttonwood


Ted with Blackpine