What's New

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.

Renew

Now is the time to renew your MBS membership for 2016. You can only take advantage of the guest artists workshops and classes if you are a paid up member. We are again bringing in some world class artists in 2016 and you don't want to miss out. Renew Membership

Class Registrations

The Intermediate Class is recommended for those members who find that they are committed to furthering their understanding and enjoyment of the art of Bonsai. It is designed to deepen the principles that you have learned in the Novice Class by incorporating teaching methods such as lecture, discussion, demonstration, review, repetition, critique, and hands on work with your own trees. See the Intermediate Class Flyer for details of each class, schedule, cost and registration.

No matter what experience level you are in the wonderful world of bonsai, there’s always room to work on your basic skills. So, MBS is introducing Bonsai Basics Class. See the Bonsai Basics Class Flyer for details of each class, schedule, cost and registration.

Saturday February 13 (9-1 PM)

Artist Demonstration - Tom Longfellow
To start the 2016 year we bring in guest artist Tom Longfellow, to demonstrate a new concept in American bonsai Fairy Tale Style.
Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday March 1 (6:30-9 PM)

Taking bonsai out of storage
Need help understanding how the season affects your trees?
Everyone is welcome!

Saturday March 12

Artist Workshop - Sean Smith at Grace Luthern Church
Two workshops: morning - diaza carving - stone and wood provided afternoon - cascade stand carving - stand is about 6 inches wood provided. Register to be a participant by printing the Sean Smith Registration Form and sending it soon.
Registered participants only. Silent Observer Fees apply.

Sunday March 13 (10-1 PM)

Artist Presentation - Sean Smith at Boerner Gardens
Sean took his 20 year passion for Bonsai and Suiseki along with his extensive background in carpentry and put all them together to start his own business in 1994. He currently creates Bonsai display tables, and carves Diaza for renowned Bonsai and Suiseki enthusiasts all over the world. As a result of this work many awards have been bestowed upon him for his craftsmanship as well as his strict adherence to these ancient Japanese art forms.
Everyone is welcome!

Link of the Week

Archive
Past links of the week can be found at the right most tab in Links.
Fairy Tale Bonsai
Fairy Tale Bonsai is a term that was introduced into our bonsai lexicon by Walter Pall. Walter readily admits that he isn’t the first to work with these untamed looking collected trees that tend to look unstyled or only lightly styled (he credits the Chinese for this), but he is, to best of my knowledge, the first to call them Fairy Tale Bonsai
2015 Traveler Photo Contest
See the 2015 winners and explore stunning National Geographic Traveler photography contest entries. Whale Whisperers. View Winners galleries.

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

Monthly Meetings are open to the public and are usually 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
02/14/2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday Kick off meeting with Tom Longfellow
Fairy Tale Style Demonstation. Tom Longfellow will discuss the unique area of Fairy Tale Bonsai. Tom has been working with Walter Pall and Jim Doyle on this interesting art form. Everyone is welcome

03/01/2016 6:30 PM

Taking bonsai out of storage
Need help understanding how the season affects your trees? Everyone is welcome

03/13/2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday Speacial Meetings - Guest Artist – Sean Smith
F Sean took his 20 year passion for Bonsai and Suiseki along with his extensive background in carpentry and put all them together to start his own business in 1994. He currently creates Bonsai display tables, and carves Diaza for renowned Bonsai and Suiseki enthusiasts all over the world. As a result of this work many awards have been bestowed upon him for his craftsmanship as well as his strict adherence to these ancient Japanese art forms
Everyone is welcome

04/05/2016 6:30 PM

Guest Artist – Peter Tea
Peter will be our headliner at our 46th annual exhibit. He also conducts 3 weekend classes a year for us. Here is an opportunity to see and meet him as we prepare for our future envents with him. Everyone is welcome

05/03/2016 6:30 PM

Guest Artist – Mark Fields
In 2016, Mark will be a featured artist at ABS, Chicago's Mid-America Bonsai Show, and at the US Nastional Bonsai Exhibit. But he is in Milwaukee first! See his presentation on Shorter needles Through Fertilization. Everyone is welcome

06/07/2016 6:30 PM

Bring a Tree

Watch for more information in the June Newsletter.
Everyone is welcome

07/05/2016 6:30 PM

Maples
In Japanese, Acer Palmatum maples are known as momiji. Momiji can be translated two ways, one as "baby’s hands", acting as a simile "A little baby extends its hands which are like the leaves of momiji." (J.D. Vertrees- Japanese Maples.) It is also linguistically related to an ancient verb, momizu which means "becomes crimson leafed". Want to know more? Everyone is welcome

08/02/2016 6:30 PM

TBD
Guest Artist – Jerry Meislik
See the July and August newsletter for information Everyone is welcome

09/06/2016 6:30 PM

Guest Speaker – Leo Schordje
Updates on current fertilizing trends. Everyone is welcome

10/04/2016 6:30 PM

Advanced Class Reflections
Find out what the upcoming graduating class has to share about their experiences. Everyone is welcome

11/08/2016 6:30 PM

MBS Swap
trees, pots, new projects. See the November Newsletter for more information Everyone is welcome

Workshops are held at Boerner Botanical Garden. Artist Workshops are by reservation and Open Workshops are free for members.

When Details
03/12/2016 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Artist Workshop – Sean Smith
Two workshops: morning - diaza carving - stone and wood provided afternoon - cascade stand carving - stand is about 6 inches wood provided. Register to be a participant by printing the Sean Smith Registration Form and sending it soon.
Silent Observer Fees apply.

04/17/2016 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

04/30/2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Artist Workshop – Mark Fields
See the April newsletter and register to be a participant.
Silent Observer Fees apply.

05/01/2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Artist Workshop – Mark Fields
See the April newsletter and register to be a participant.
Silent Observer Fees apply.

06/25/2016 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Children’s Workshop
Watch the newsletter and website for details

07/23/2016 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

09/10/2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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

09/17/2016 MBS 46th Annual Exhibit- Artist Workshop – Peter Tea

MBS 46th Annual Exhibit- Artist Workshop – Peter Tea
For current on-going information on the event see Annual Exhibit

09/18/2016

MBS 46th Annual Exhibit- Artist Workshop – Peter Tea
MBS 46th Annual Exhibit- Artist Workshop – Peter Tea
For current on-going information on the event see Annual Exhibit

10/16/2016 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 are open to the public and are usually held at Boerner Botanical Garden unless noted.

When Details
07/09/2016

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

08/04/2016
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

09/16/2016
3 Days

MBS 46th Annual Exhibit with Peter Tea
An exhibit of the best trees of our members... along with trees in training. See the Annual Exhibit Flyer for details and times for this 3 day exhibit. And for current on-going information on the event see Annual Exhibit

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. Class participation is limited in size for registered participants only and you must be an MBS member.

Novice Classes 2016
02/27/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
03/05/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
03/19/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
04/09/2016 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
05/21/2016 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Bonsai Basics Classes 2016
03/19/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
04/09/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
05/21/2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
06/04/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Intermediate Classes 2016
03/19/2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
04/16/2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
06/18/2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
07/23/2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10/01/2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 

Advanced Classes Year 3 with Peter Tea
04/01/2016 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
06/10/2016 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
11/04/2016 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Area Events

May
Boerner logo May 6 - National Public Gardens Day - Hang out in the park. Boerner Botanical Gardens

 

ABS Logo May 12-15 ABS - Bonsai in the Garden ABS 2016

 

Midwest Bonsai Logo May 21-22 Midwest Bonsai Society - Chicago Spring Show

 

May 22 Daylilly Society of SouthEast Wisconsin - Daylilly Society Presents Rich Eyre from Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery on Inspirational gardening. www.richsfoxwillowpines.com

 

August
Midwest Bonsai Logo Aug 15-17 Midwest Bonsai Society - Chicago August Show

 

September
Midwest Bonsai Logo Sept 10-11 5th National Bonsai Exhibit - National Bonsai Exhibit

 

MBS Logo

Sept 16 - 18 MBS 46th Annual Exhibit with Peter Tea
An exhibit of the best trees of our members... along with trees in training. See the Annual Exhibit Flyer for details and times for this 3 day exhibit. And for current on-going information on the event see 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.

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2015 Exhibit

 

Visitors to the 2015

 

Spring Show Set-up 2015

 

MahoneMauro

 

Record Attendance

 

Andy Presentation

 

Andy wiring Pine

 

Tree Exhibit at Domes with Train Show

 

Leo Bamboo talk

 

3 members watching Leo Bamboo talk

 

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