2019 Calendar of Events

February 27
Carmen Leskoviansky – Experiences from Year 1 of Michael Hagedorn's Seasonals – She will share photos and discuss techniques that she learned. Carmen is a Collections and Natural Areas Specialist at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and is responsible for the Bonsai & Penjing Collection.
March 27
Pauline Muth – Forest plantings – Amur maple forest demonstration. Pauline has been involved in bonsai for over 45 years, and is active in numerous organizations, including the American Bonsai Society and Bonsai Clubs International. She has received several awards, and has operated her own bonsai teaching studio since 1990.
March 28
Pauline Muth – Amur Maple forest workshop. $125 per person, includes 5 small amur maples, planting slab, soil and wire.
April 24
Bring your Own Tree – Participants are invited to bring a tree to work on. AABS members will be on hand to answer questions and offer comments and suggestions. Bring your own tools and wire if possible – there will be a limited number of club tools available to borrow.
May 22
Bruce Baker – Discussion and demonstration of carving techniques, and discussion of the Yew in the Matthaei collection.
June 26
John Wall – Eastern White Cedar demonstration
June 27
John Wall – Eastern White Cedar Workshop
July 24
Michael Hagedorn – Seminar style meeting, where participants bring in trees they have questions about and Michael will make commentary. Also possibly a brief presentation on chojubai.
July 25
Michael Hagedorn – Bring your own tree workshop structured as a 'maintenance' workshop as opposed to a 'creating' workshop. People should bring several trees, in order to have flexibility in what they actually end up working on, based on Michael’s assessment.
August 24
August 24, 25 Annual Club Show
August 28
Jerry Meislik – program tbd
August 29
Jerry Meislik – program tbd
September 25
Annual Club Auction.
October 23
Jennifer Price – program to be determined


Meetings are held monthly, February through October, on the fourth Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted in the events calendar.

All monthly meetings are at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium beginning at 7:00pm with members gathering at 6:30pm to share bonsai stories.

Classes, Workshops, Special Events

During the year there are classes, workshops, special events, an auction and the annual AABS Bonsai Show. Note locations and times for each. In some instances additional fees may apply to classes, workshops or special events. Registrations and payment should be made ahead of time, as space is often limited.

Contact the AABS or register at a monthly meeting.

Check this calendar before traveling.

Dates and programming are subject to change.

Driving Directions to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Parking at Matthaei

Parking is available in numbered spaces at the main entrance to the lobby/conservatory and in the west parking lot. Parking cost is $1.50 per hour, with a $5 maximum per day. Parking pay kiosks accept credit cards, bills, and coins. Matthaei-Nichols members park for free. Follow instructions on kiosk to enter space number then member number. Click here for more parking information.

Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
- Established in 1970 -
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