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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 schedule check out the Schedule

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

And please remember to Renew Membership

April 27 Open Workshop - Repotting 10:00 AM

    Are you ready to transplant your tree? There are several important reasons why it is necessary to periodically transplant bonsai. Re-energize your tree, renew the soil, stimulate growth, correct the nebari or simply transplant to a more suitable container.
    To participate bring your tree, pot, soil, wire if needed, scissors, and something to work in to help keep the area clean (a black pan works great). You will also need a pail to take the old soil with you.

Tuesday May 6 - 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 presentation.
    Everyone is welcome!

Select a tab to check out what's coming up in the future!

  • 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
02/04/2014

No Meeting

03/04/2014

Collecting
watch DVD and discussion.

04/01/2014

Revisit Ginkos and Repot
Discussion and demonstration. Anyone who remembers our club Ginko dig will want to catch up on how our trees are doing

05/06/2014

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.

06/03/2014

Guest Artist – Arthur Joura
Arthur Joura, Bonsai curator and Director of the bonsai program at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC. will style and pot an azalea and rock landscape as a Bonsai specimen. The landscape will be raffled at the end of the evening. Mr. Joura will be talking about saikei, or tray landscapes. Saikei began as a way to keep the art of bonsai alive in post-WWII Japan, when large traditional trees were unavailable. Subsequently saikei has become a specialty in its own right. Landscapes are built with younger, smaller trees and shrubs, then styled using traditional bonsai methods. More forgiving of mistakes than single-tree bonsai, saikei is ideal for newcomers and those wanting to refine their visual design skills.

07/01/2014

No Meeting

08/05/2014

Guest Artist – painter Charlotte Fung Miller
Reverence for nature, serenity, and peace - This Chinese philosophy inspires her brush paintings. Charlotte of Mukwonago, a native of San Francisco's Chinatown studied 9 years of formal Chinese calligraphy and 7 years of Chinese brush painting under Master Lui-Sang Wong of San Francisco.

09/02/2014

Jack Douthitt Spruce Follow-up
See what’s next for the club tree.

10/07/2014

Guest Artist – Suthin Sukosolvisit
Suthin is also back for a demonstration. He will be working on the 2 club owned Shimpaku. You will enjoy his warm, humor and artistic talent.

11/04/2014

Introduce Bamboo and Update on Fertilizers with Leo Schordje.
Learn about bamboo, how to keep them, contain them and even make them into bonsai. Leo will also keep us up to date on Michegan State findings on Fertilizing for container growth.

12/02/2014

Holiday Celebration
Family Style Dinner and gift exchange. See the December newsletter for reservations and Details

Workshops

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

When Details
02/16/2014

Open Workshop – Kick off meeting
We will introduce the 2014 theme. Bring a tree to work on and enjoy the company of friends. See the February Newsletter for more information. Everyone is welcome

04/27/2014

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

05/31/2014

Artist Workshop – Arthur Joura
Register to be a participant. Silent Observer Fees apply.

06/01/2014

Artist Workshop – Arthur Joura
Register to be a participant. Silent Observer Fees apply.

07/05/2014

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

09/20/2014

Milwaukee Bonsai Society – MBS Logo Fall Public Workshop Led by Intermediate Class -- 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’!

10/04/2014

Artist Workshop – Suthin Sukosolvisit
We are extremely excited to have Suthin back for workshops Register to be a participant. Silent Observer Fees apply.

10/05/2014

Artist Workshop – Suthin Sukosolvisit
We are extremely excited to have Suthin back for workshops Register to be a participant. Silent Observer Fees apply.

10/12/2014

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

11/16/2014

Open Workshop – Tropical Check-up
Bring you tropical tree in for a check-up. See the November Newsletter for more details and information about care in bringing it in during cold weather. Everyone is welcome

Exhibits and Shows

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

When Details
02/09/2014

Silhouette Exhibit 1 day - at the Domes View bonsai in the ‘raw’, that is, without the dressing of buds, leaves and flowers. Winter Silhouette Flyer,

03/15/2014

Spring Silhouette Show at Lynden Sculpture Garden Only deciduous trees will be featured in this event. Spring Silhouette Display Flyer

05/10/2014

Michigan All-State Bonsai Show 2 days in Grand Rapids

05/17/2014

Chicago Botanical Garden Spring Show 2 days in Chicago

07/12/2014

Wauwatosa Garden Tour with Bonsai Exhibit and Fundraiser in Wauwatosa 1 day

07/31/2014

State Fair Show - Daily through 8-10-2014 at State Fair Horticulture Building

08/15/2014

Chicago Botanical Garden August Show 3 days in Chicago

09/19/2014

MBS presents 3 day MBS Logo 44th Annual Exhibit with Colin Lewis -- An exhibit of the best trees of our members... along with trees in training.

11/21/2014

Folk Fair Exhibit 3 days at State Fait Exhibition Hall Folk Fair Flyer

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 2014
March 23
April 13
May 11
TBD
Intermediate Classes 2014
April 13
June 26
July 12
Oct 19
Advance Classes Year 1 with Peter Tea
May 3
June 28
Nov 8

Area Events

May
Meijer logo Meijer - Michigan All-State Bonsai Show

 

Midwest Bonsai Logo Midwest Bonsai Society - Chicago Spring Show

 

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

 


 

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

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