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Milwaukee Bonsai Society sponsors a number of services for its members. First on this list is the monthly general membership meetings. Classes and Workshops are sponsored to provide hands on study. Along with these events MBS sponsors Exhibits and Shows.

For a complete look at our 2015 proposed schedule check out the Schedule

A new year has begun Check out Contact Us page for the list of officers and their contact informatioon.

Just a quick reminder that if you have not renewed your MBS membership for 2015, please do so. You can only take a advantage of the guest artists and other workshops if you are a paid up member. We are bringing in some world class artists in 2015 and you don't want to miss out. Renew Membership

No Tuesday Meeting in February

Sunday Feb 8 - Winter Silhouette Exhibit at the Domes

Sunday Feb 15 - 2015 Kick off meeting from 10-1.

    Bring some pots to clean and some tools to sharpen and enjoy the company of friends. There’ll be plenty of surprises for those attending including a mystery pot exchange. See the February Newsletter for more information.
    Everyone is welcome!

Saturday Feb 21 - 2015 Novice Classes Begin

    If you are in the early stages of learning about the bonsai hobby, these classes will help expand your knowledge of understanding of bonsai styles, practices and techniques and set the foundation on which your future bonsai experiences and lessons will build. Registered class participants only. See the Novice Class Flyer for details and registration
    You must be a member and pre-register for classes.

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  • Monthly Meetings
  • Workshops
  • Exhibits and Shows
  • Classes
  • Area Events

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and are ususaly held the first Tuesday of the month (check below for schedule) at 6:30 PM at Boerner Botanical Garden.

Want to learn more or have questions about our MBS Meetings?

When Details
02/15/2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kick off meeting
Bring some pots to clean and some tools to sharpen and enjoy the company of friends. See the February Newsletter for more information. Everyone is welcome

03/03/2015 6:30 PM

Guest Artist – Andy Smith
Andy Smith is a contract forester in South Dakota's Black Hills. He became fascinated in bonsai in about 1994 while collecting core specimens from very ancient pines to use in past climate studies. Andy has been a vendor in every convention that Milwaukee has hosted including his first convention in 1995. Andy transplants 300-400 trees per year for bonsai and has supplied demo and workshop trees for many of the world's best bonsai artists. We are very pleased to have him demonstrate on one of his collected trees.

04/07/2015 6:30 PM

Tool Sharpening and Group Slash
Hands on sharpening and a group slash

05/05/2015 6:30 PM

Excellence in Bonsai with Guest Artist – Mauro Stemberger
Frequently Featured in Bonsai Focus, world famous Italian bonsai artist.

06/02/2015 6:30 PM

Guest Artist – Peter Tea
Peter has been to our annual exhibit in the past and has been in Japan serving as an apprentice to sharpen his skills. Peter’s skills were so good that the bonsai master released him early indicating he could teach him no more. Those who have met Peter in the past know he is an accomplished bonsai artist and can provide an entertaining and informative demonstration.

07/07/2015 6:30 PM

Guest Artist – Martha Meehan
Learn the ins and outs of from bonsai artist and grower Martha Meehan, co-founder of Meehan’s Miniatures. Observe and ask questions as she works on a popular tropical tree

08/04/2015 6:30 PM

How to set up a display
See how you can set up a single, three point or shohin display.

09/01/2015 6:30 PM

Guest Speaker – Tony Ankosiscz
Stones have been admired and collected throughout history, cultures around the globe have developed unique names, disciplines and guidelines for their particular art form The Japanese art is called "Suiseki", in China "Scholar's Rocks", in Korea it is "Suseok" or "Gongshi". Among many other terms used, some might include: viewing stones, artistic stones, object stones. Here is a chance to learn many more.

10/06/2015 6:30 PM

Prepare for Winter
Let’s discuss how to button up our trees for upcoming season.

11/03/2015 6:30 PM

Deadwood on Bonsai (Jin and Shari).
Creating deadwood on Bonsai, in the form of Jin or Shari, can enhance the tree's character significantly. A "Jin" is a bare-stripped part of branch and a "Shari" is a barkless part of trunk. In nature, deadwood is created when a tree is hit by lightning, exposed to sustained periods of drought or when branches snap due to ice stress, wind or weight of snow. The wood dies off and is bleached by intense sunlight. This technique is almost exclusively used on evergreen trees, as creating Jin or Shari on deciduous trees often looks unrealistic (deadwood on a deciduous tree often rots away over time). Join us and learn more.

Workshops

Open workshops are free for members. Artist workshops are by reservation. Most workshops are held at Boerner Botanical Garden

When Details
03/01/2015
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Artist Workshop – Andy Smith
Register to be a participant. Silent Observer Fees apply.

03/02/2015
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Artist Workshop – Andy Smith
Register to be a participant. Silent Observer Fees apply.

04/12/2015 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Open Workshop – Repotting
Bring a tree to work on and enjoy the company of friends. See the April Newsletter for more information. Everyone is welcome

05/05/2015 6:30 PM

Excellence in Bonsai with Guest Artist – Mauro Stemberger
Frequently Featured in Bonsai Focus, world famous Italian bonsai artist.

07/25/2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Open Workshop – Tropical Repotting
Bring a tropical tree to repot and enjoy the company of friends. See the July Newsletter for more information Everyone is welcome

09/12/2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Milwaukee Bonsai Society – Fall Public Workshop Get your feet wet (and hands dirty) by attending our Next Public Workshop. Members of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society will be on hand to help with the creation of your first Bonsai ‘masterpiece’!

09/19/2015

MBS 45th Annual Exhibit- Artist Workshop – Ted Matson
CLUB SENSEI RETURNING TO MILWAUKEE 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., Ted will be the judge, demonstrator and main event at our annual exhibit. There is plenty of room for observers. The fee for observers is only $5. A real bargain for watching a master at work. See the Registration Form for details and registration

10/17/2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Open Workshop – Fall Clean-up
Bring a tree to work on and enjoy the company of friends. See the October Newsletter for more information Everyone is welcome

Exhibits and Shows

Exhibits are open to the public and are held at Boerner Botanical Garden unless noted.

When Details
02/08/2015 9:00 AM

Winter Silhouette Exhibit at the Domes
For more details check out the Silhouette Flyer

05/08/2015 9:00 AM

National Public Gardens Day
Hang out in the park

05/30/2015
2 Days

Spring Show at Lynden Sculpture Garden
For more details check out the Silhouette Display Flyer

07/11/2015

The Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa and Bonsai Exhibit
See the July newsletter for information

08/06/2015
10 Days

State Fair
Three big shows in the horticulture building.
Check out the State Fair Flyer and for more details see the MBS newsletter for current information

09/18/2015
3 Days

MBS 45th Annual Exhibit with Ted Matson
An exhibit of the best trees of our members... along with trees in training. See the Exhibit Flyer for details and times for this 3 day exhibit. And for current on-going information on the event see Annual Exhibit

11/20/2015
3 Days

Folk Fair
An exhibit of trees from our membership from students to advance members. See the Folk Fair Flyer for details and times for this 3 day exhibit.

Classes

Classes start up each spring and several visiting artists arrive in Milwaukee to present new design ideas and techniques as well traditional bonsai style and techniques. Classes are for registered participants only.

Novice Classes 2015
02/21/2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
03/07/2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
03/21/2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
04/11/2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Intermediate Classes 2015
05/03/2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
06/21/2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
07/18/2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10/03/2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Advance Classes Year 2 with Peter Tea
03/28/2015 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
05/30/2015 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
10/24/2015 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Area Events

May 8, 2015 9:00 AM

National Public Gardens Day
Hang out in the park

May
Meijer logo Meijer - Michigan All-State Bonsai Show

 

Midwest Bonsai Logo Midwest Bonsai Society - Chicago Spring Show

 

June 20, 2015

Children’s Workshop at Boerner
Registered participants only. For more details check out the Children’s Workshop Flyer

June 27, 2015

Children’s Workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden
Registered participants only. For more details check out the Children’s Workshop Flyer

July 26, 2015

Children’s Workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden
Registered participants only. For more details check out the Children’s Workshop Flyer

July
MBS Cook Out watch for details

 

August
Midwest Bonsai Logo Midwest Bonsai Society - Chicago August Show

 

MBS Logo MBS Annual Exhibit 19-21 September - Milwaukee Bonsai Society 44th Annual Exhibit

 


 

Our meetings are held at:

Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corners, Wisconsin

For a map check the county maps at http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyParks/maps/Whitnall1.pdf

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

MBS Logo

 

Leo Bamboo talk

 

3 members watching Leo Bamboo talk

 

June Kelly

 

Colin Demo

 

Tea Critique

 

Board at LSG

 

Novice Class 2014

 

Spring Show

 

Suthin Workshop

 

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