May 20 was the kick-off to the 2017 novice workshops. There were almost 60 participants and a lot of great looking trees. Thank you to Tim McCarthy and all the MBS volunteers that make these workshops happen.

We look forward to seeing all the new MBS members at the meetings!

View the Photo library from the workshops on the MBS Facebook site >> 









Minnesota Bonsai Society Winter Banquet 2012

Mediterranean Cruise Cafe in Burnsville

The holidays are over, shopping is over, our trees are resting and our tools are sharpened or maybe not.  Now what? Join other MBS members on Saturday, January 14th at 12:30 at the Mediterranean Cruise Café.

Mediterranean Cruise Café is located at 12500 Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville. Click here for map.

Every year the bonsai society members take a break from our trees to relax, socialize and recognize what has happened over the past year. See members you haven’t seen for a while and meet some other bonsai enthusiasts. We will have a fabulous buffet, entertainment, a recognition program and an auction with proceeds going to the club.

The cost is $22.00 per person and includes all the food you want to eat, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity.

Menu includes:

  • Pitas and Dips including Hummus and Lemon Garlic Dip
  • Greek and Tabouli Salads
  • Gyros
  • Chicken and Veggie Kabobs (off the kabobs for ease of service)
  • Rice
  • Curry Pasta with Chicken,
  • Spinach Pie
  • Falafel
  • Desserts including a serving of Baklava.

Adult beverages are available for a charge.

Turn in your reservation as soon as you can. It will help in the planning.

This year you can make reservations on the website.


Turn in your reservations at a meeting.


Contact Lynn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mail your reservations to:

Lynn Aaze

21378 Hytrail Circle

Lakeville, MN 55044

Click here for the Registration Form.





By Leia Thor Barton

Whether you are new to bonsai or have been doing bonsai a long time, you're likely to agree that bonsai shows are fun to go to.  I look forward to the Minnesota Bonsai Society's (MBS) State Fair Bonsai Show every year, but about two weeks beforehand, my husband, Tim, and I travel to Chicago to see the Midwest Bonsai Show's August Bonsai Show. It is a trek we have been making every year for the last four years and this year will be no different.  We have the entire route memorized and stay at the same hotel every year near the venue of the show.

DeGidio's Restaurant in St. Paul

This annual event is a great way to spend a winter afternoon relaxing, socializing and having some fun.  This year's event will be held at Mai Village restaurant in St. Paul, Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 pm.  There will be a wonderful all you can eat buffet that includes non-alcoholic beverages (gratuity included) and a cash bar will be available, cost is $20 per person.   There will also be a short recognition program, entertainment  and an auction; proceeds will benefit MBS 2016 programs.  (Be sure to bring an item for the auction, it doesn't need to be bonsai related!) Don't wait....Sign up now!

What:  MBS Winter Banquet

When: Saturday, January 16th

Time: 1:00 pm

Where: Mai Village - 394 University Ave W, St. Paul

Cost: $20.00 per person for all you can eat


Reservations are due by January 9th.

Reservations can be made online at: MBS website


by Ken Ellis

MBS 1978 Mother's Day Show

This is traditionally one of the two major shows the society presents each year, and this year is very special!  This is our 40th continuous year of presenting our member’s bonsai trees to the public at Como Conservatory.  In the early years we would clear all or part of a Como growing area in the greenhouse.  Existing growing plants would be removed and we would bring in our bonsai to display on tables along a winding wooden plank walkway. The greenhouse was just off the old concrete room we used for workshops.  All that was removed in the early 1990’s to make space for the new visitor center.

Mother’s Day Bonsai Show at Como Conservatory 2016

40th Anniversary

Show co-chairpersons are: Ken Ellis, Van Jensen, Jerry Nelson and Mike Porcaro (these four MBS members currently volunteer their time and talents weekly to help maintain the permanent Como bonsai collection).