The Minnesota Bonsai Society offers a range of classes.  New to bonsai?  Consider signing up for a Novice Workshop, a one-day course that supplies you with everything that you need to get started.  If you are ready to take bonsai more seriously, think about becoming an MBS member and benefit from the guidance and experience of advanced club members, as well as national and international instructors.

Whatever your level of interest in bonsai, the Minnesota Bonsai Society offers a class that is perfect for you.

Gift Certificates are also available!

Bonsai professional Workshop with Matt Reel September 2017 

Bonsai Professional - Matt Reel

Matt Reel’s addiction to Bonsai began when he was a 14-year-old teenager in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduating from high school, with the help of many great friends, family, and mentors, he landed in a small town called Obuse, located in Nagano-prefecture, Japan to start his bonsai apprenticeship with Shinji Suzuki.  While studying in Japan, Matt had the opportunity to style and wire several trees that were shown at the Kokufu-ten bonsai show as well as the Taiken-ten bonsai exhibition.

-- All 2017 classes are full. Thank you to everyone that signed up! Please come back in January for the 2018 workshop schedule -- 

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Cost: One-day workshop is $75 per person
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When:  
September, 16 or September, 17
Where: Como Park

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If you're new to bonsai, the Novice (Beginners) Workshops are a great way to get started. Each participant will receive a pre-bonsai tree, a suitable pot with soil, and an intensive one-day workshop designed to give you the basic skills needed to create and care for your own bonsai.


A Novice Workshop day runs from 10:30 AM to 4 PM and includes both a morning lecture session and a hands-on styling session in the afternoon with a lunch break in between.

Cost: The cost for a one-day workshop is $75 per person and includes a morning instruction session, an afternoon hands-on styling session, and all materials: tree, pot, soil, wire and the use of club tools. A one year membership to the Minnesota Bonsai Society is also included. ($40.00 value) Participants will receive a 1 year MBS membership voucher after completing the workshop.

Where: The Education Building at McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, St. Paul where you may also view the Conservatory's outstanding collection of bonsai. Please wait in the main entrance. Please see the bottom of our our maps page for directions. Please arrive prior to 10:30 and wait at the front entrance to be guided to the workshop area.
 

Enrollment is filled on a first-come basis, so please register early. 

Cost: Free for members!
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month
Where: St. Christopher's Church in Roseville. 
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The Bonsai Basics classes are the perfect way for new members, as well as less experienced members, to learn the basics of bonsai, and to work on their trees.

Classes are held once a month, and each class covers a different topic: from potting and wiring to wintering your trees.  Led by experienced club members, these hands-on classes are informative, fun, and free of charge to all MBS members.  Come and join the fun and learn more about bonsai.

Classes are held once a month, and each class covers a different topic: from potting and wiring to wintering your trees. Led by experienced club members, these hands-on classes are informative, fun, and free of charge to all MBS members. Come and join the fun and learn more about bonsai.  The Bonsai Basics classes are the perfect way for new members, as well as less experienced members, to learn the basics of bonsai, and to work on their trees.

Cost: Free for Members!
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
When: 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month
Where: St. Christopher's Church in RosevilleClick here for directions
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The Bonsai Intermediate classes are a perfect way for members who have attended the Bonsai Basics classes and have mastered beginner’s level techniques to further develop their skills and progress to the next level as a bonsai artist. Even more experienced members will benefit from the ability to study a topic in-depth and have a chance to work on their trees in a group setting.

They are led by experienced club members and people who attend the class who have  volunteered to study a technique and then teach it to the group. Van Jensen will assist in preparing for the class and will be run the meetings. 

Where: Unless stated otherwise, all classes are held at St. Christopher's Church in RosevilleClick here for directions

Free for Members!

When: 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month

Members enjoy the Society "Bonsai Professional" Workshops conducted by guest national and international bonsai instructors. Upcoming workshop dates and times will be announced in the monthly newsletter. For 2017, the visiting professionals will be Matt Reel and Bjorn Bjorholm.

Registration is now available for members for the Styling Workshop with Bjorn Bjorholm.  

Watch the newsletter for details and registration for the New Fundamentals Class with Matt Reel.

 


Gift certificates are available for the Novice Workshops. You can get the order form by clicking on the link below, or by visiting the Forms section of our website (located under About MBS).

Gift Certificate Order Form