Slide Show

The 2009 Minnesota State Fair had a phenomenal Bonsai display!  Whether you missed it or just want another look, browse the image gallery (photos provided by Randy Davis, RSD Photos) to see the best the state has to offer.



Setting up for the State Fair is something to see.  Most people don't know how much time and effort goes into the exhibition but if you were there Thursday night you know what it takes.  Luckily for us, there are several seasoned pros who really step up and make sure everything comes together.  This year we had several new faces that helped make the set up go a little easier and the exhibit has never looked better.

by Van Jensen

Every year for the past 9 years people from the Minnesota Bonsai Society have been making the trek to Brussel’s Rendezvous, which takes place the 3 days before Memorial Day at Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery in Olive Branch, Mississippi. This year seven people from the club attended, took workshops with visiting Masters and bought trees to work on.  Brussel’s brings in Masters from all over the world and this year there were 6 Masters giving demonstrations  and teaching workshops. The workshops this year had great plant material and the Masters were exceptional. Cost for the three days was $150  per person which included meals and everything except workshops, which were extra.

 This year the State Fair exhibit was better than ever!  With a new section devoted to viewing stones there were a lot of questions from the public about what made these stones "special".  The visiting master and judge this year was Jim Doyle, who did a great job of scoring trees and stones.  There were 55 trees entered, 12 of which were entered by Novice members, along with  17 stone entries.  Many, many thanks to the members who worked to set up the exhibit, entered trees, worked at the exhibit and conducted demonstrations.  Special thanks to Cheryl Sykora and company for the new viewing stone display and another great exhibit.

Once again, the State Fair committee put on a good show.  There were 60 entries, 4 of which were entered by Novice members.  Since the Viewing Stone display was so popular with state fair goers last year, a scaled down version was included this year.  Visiting bonsai professional, Ryan Neil was the judge.  Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the members who worked to set up the exhibit, entered trees and worked a shift answering questions about the trees and stones. Special thanks to Cheryl Sykora and Jamie Woods for another successful state fair exhibit.

Slide show of trees displayed at 2013 Minneapolis Art Institute Art in Bloom