Next Meeting

March 6, 2018 6:30pm
Boerner Botanical Gardens - Multi Media room.

From MBS President

This year there will be a wealth of knowledge waiting for members to learn. From the Novice class and Intermediate class to the monthly MBS meetings there will be a variety of interesting topics for us, the MBS members, to enjoy.

Link of the Week

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Bonsai Collection
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s collection of nearly 200 bonsai includes gifts from the Midwest Bonsai Society and from Japanese bonsai master Susumu Nakamura. Among the trees donated by Nakamura was a Japanese white pine that has been trained for at least 100 years. On rotating display, each bonsai takes the stage at the peak of its beauty.
Nature’s Best Wayfinding Secrets
Learn to navigate with the moon, stars, trees, and more. Useful tips and insights aimed at helping people notice simple truths about the world around them.
Past links of the week can be found at the right most tab in Links.

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2018 Intermediate Classes
The Intermediate Classes 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 or with previous experience. The class will incorporate lecture, handouts, discussion, demonstration, review, repetition, critique, and hands on work with your own trees and each other’s. Many members find that they enroll in this class more than once See the Intermediate Class Flyer for details and registration


Guest Speaker - Chris Baker March 6
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 winter hibernation, transplanting, soils and fertilizers for young growing trees and mature show worthy specimens. 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!

LSG World Bonsai Day Exhibit
There will be a special exhibit of bonsai owned by MBS members next May at Lynden Sculpture Garden! The Opening Reception will be on World Bonsai Day. To enter see the February Newsletter for details and registration.



Volunteers and trees are needed for the Winter Silhouettes Bonsai Display. Give Kris a shout. As a volunteer you will not have to pay the entrance fee to the Domes.

Milwaukee Bonsai is supported by volunteers who donate their time to advance our art form. If you are eager to share your time and talent with us, please let us know.

Latest Newsletters

February: President's Message Welcome to 2018, World Bonsai Day, Special MBS Bonsai Exhibit