MBS Schedule

One place to find all our area events

  • 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.

Watch for more information in the May newsletter.
When Details
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Speacial Meeting - Guest Speaker – Dale Sievert - Magical World of Moss Gardening
A passionate moss gardener, Dale Sievert’s garden has been featured in a wide array of books and magazines, and he has written articles on moss for several national magazines. In this special afternoon tour and discussion, Dale will highlight some of the many moss varieties he grows, as well as the culture of moss, showing how he uses them on the ground, on rocks, and in containers. Dale started to garden when he was seven, and ran a tree and shrub nursery for many years. He embraced shade gardening in the late 1980s when the trees in his own yard got bigger. Dale began his Japanese-style garden in 2000 and became interested in moss gardening after visiting gardens in Japan a few years later.
Everyone is welcome

03/7/2017 6:30 PM

Guest Speaker – Chris Baker - Taking Trees Out of Storage
Chris Baker full-time curator of bonsai at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where he maintains approximately 175 bonsai trees, will discuss taking trees out of storage. Baker has been studying and working on bonsai for more than 13 years. Previously, from 2011 to early 2014, he was an intern and volunteer at the United States National Arboretum's National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C. As an active member of the Maryland bonsai community, Baker gave many demonstrations and talks at the Potomac Bonsai Association Spring Show in Washington, D.C., as well as to garden clubs. Baker spent six months in 2012 studying bonsai with third-generation bonsai master Tohru Suzuki at the Daijuen Nursery in Okazaki, Japan. Baker has always had an interest in horticulture, but his introduction to bonsai started with his purchase of a bonsai juniper as a gift for a friend. When asked why he is so passionate about bonsai, Baker says, "Bonsai is a representation of the beauty and power of nature; it's the perfect mix of artistry, horticulture, and mechanical skills—it's living art."
Everyone is welcome

04/04/2017 6:30 PM

MBS Presentation - Jin/Shari/Carving
Get the lastest techniques for Carving. Understand Jin: Creating a partial deadwood on a bonsai to enhance a tree character in a natural way. Shari: A complete debarking of a branch to give the effect of age and character. Ron, the owner of Ancient Arts of Bonsai, will give a short talk and then we will demonstrate in four workshops with 4 instructors, Pam, Steve, Jack and Michele to working on 4 trees. And members can give it a try!
Everyone is welcome

05/02/2017 6:30 PM

Guest Speaker – Brian Huddleson - Plant Diseases
Brian Hudelson, the Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic (PDDC) will provides educational information on plant diseases and their control. Watch for more information in the May newsletter.
Everyone is welcome.

06/06/2017 6:30 PM

MBS Presentation – TBD
Watch for more information in the June newsletter.
Everyone is welcome.


MBS Picnic and Swap Meet
See the July newsletter for location, times and information
Everyone is welcome.

08/01/2017 6:30 PM

MBS Presentation – tbd
See the August newsletter for information
Everyone is welcome.

09/05/2017 6:30 PM

Guest Speaker – Richard Eyre
Richard Eyre developed a passion for gardening and conifers at a very early age. He was influenced by his parents and grandparents who were avid gardeners. In 1968, while working for the Peace Corps, Rich found a copy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden series on dwarf conifers by Fred Bergman in his Peace Corps book locker in Bolivia. And it was while working in the Amazon jungle that he dreamed of raising rare conifers for a living. On his return in 1970, he began building his conifer collection. He realized his dream with his wife Susan and mother Margaret when they launched the business. The first trees were planted at Foxwillow Pines Nursery in 1988. Rich will give a talk with emphasis on dwarf plant material. Conifers, maples, beeches, ginkgo's.
Everyone is welcome.

10/03/2017 6:30 PM

MBS Presentation – Elms
See the September newsletter for information
Everyone is welcome.

11/07/2017 6:30 PM

MBS Presentation – tbd
See the November newsletter for 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
04/08/2017 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Artist Workshop – Ted Matson
Jin/Shari/Carving Register to be a participant by printing the Ted Matson Registration Form and sending it soon.
Watch the website for more details - Silent Observer Fees apply.

07/15/2017 9:00 AM – 2:00 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

09/09/2017 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’!

10/14/2017 2 Days

MBS 47th Annual Exhibit- Artist Workshop – Matt Reel
For current on-going information on the event see Annual Exhibit

10/xx/2017 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.



02/05/2017 9:00 AM


Winter Silhouette Exhibit at the Domes
In addition to the joys of snow during the winter and early spring months, we in the Midwest have an opportunity to view our landscape in the ‘raw’, that is, without the dressing of buds, leaves and flowers. For additional information see the Silhouette Flyer



The Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa and Bonsai Exhibit
10:00 to 4:00 Rain or Shine at the Kneeland-Walker house. See the July newsletter for information

08/03/2017 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

10/13/2017 3 Days


MBS 47th Annual Exhibit with Matt Reel
Matt Reel finished a staggering 7 year 9 month apprenticeship with Shinji Suzuki. Now in 2017, with his apprenticeship completed, headlining several national conventions he will headline the 47th Annual Exhibit. 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
Everyone is welcome.

11/17/2017 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 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 2018
02/24/2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
03/03/2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
04/xx/2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
04/xx/2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
05/26/2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Intermediate Classes 2018
03/24/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
04/28/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
06/16/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
08/11/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
09/29/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
09/08/2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/27/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Bonsai Basics Classes 2017
TBD 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
TBD 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
TBD 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
TBD 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Advanced Classes Year 2 (2018) with Peter Tea
03/09/2018 - 03/13/2018
06/01/2018 - 06/05/2018
11/01/2018 - 11/05/2018

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