2017 Calendar of Events

February 22
Jon Genereaux – Demonstration of grafting techniques, with hands-on opportunities.
March 22
Jack Wikle, longtime AABS member and nationally recognized bonsai artist, will discuss "Things I Didn’t Know as a Bonsai Beginner 50 Years Ago."
April 26
Dave DeGroot, Curator Emeritus of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection/Pacific Bonsai Museum, and author of Principles of Bonsai Design, will discuss group plantings, and will demonstrate a mixed-species group design.
April 27
Dave DeGroot – Hinoki Cypress workshop, 5:30-8:00. Dave will work with participants on styling nursery-grown Hinoki Cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa. The workshop is limited to eight participants, and is intended for intermediate to advanced workers. This workshop is at full capacity.
May 24
Our May meeting will be BYOT – Bring Your Own Tree. Bring a tree to work on, along with tools and wire. Experienced AABS members will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice and suggestions. Whether you are a beginner just learning how to style trees, or a more experienced member with a tree that has you puzzled over just how to proceed, this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the many decades of experience and expertise to be found in AABS.
June 28
Jerry Meislik, long-time AABS member, is an internationally recognized expert on Ficus bonsai, and author of Ficus, The Exotic Bonsai. He will be discussing exposed-root style tropical bonsai.
June 29
Jerry Meislik – Natal Ficus workshop. Ficus natalensis, perhaps the best species for indoor bonsai. Plants will be about 6 years old and be suitable for bonsai styling. Plants will be in plastic nursery containers, 6 inch pot size. This workshop is intended for beginner to intermediate workers. Limited to 8 participants. You must register and pay in advance. Signup sheets will be available at AABS monthly meetings, or contact aabonsaisociety@gmail.com. Workshop cost $45
July 26
Jack Sustic, AABS member and former curator of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington DC., will host a bring your own tree discussion and workshop. Individual trees will be discussed, and there will be time for working on trees as well. This is a good opportunity to get ideas for trees that are under development.
August 23
AABS members Diane Faust, Cathy Strachan, Cyril Grum, Ron Milostan, Mike and Sandy Simmons, and Kurt Smith will share photos and thoughts from their 2016 trip to Japan with William Valvanis.
August 26
The Annual Show of the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society will take place August 26 & 27, 10 AM - 4:30 PM at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium
September 27
Annual Club Auction. Members may bring trees and bonsai related supplies and tools to be auctioned. There will be a silent and a live auction. Non-members are welcome to purchase items in the auction.
October 11
Joint Meeting of Ann Arbor Bonsai Society and Four Seasons Bonsai Club: An Evening with Walter Pall in the Auditorium at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.Walter’s theme will be Tree Inspiration. Members of both clubs should bring one or several trees to the public critique. The trees can be in all stages of development: outright raw material, intermediate and finished bonsai. They can be in all variations of quality: very poor, normal, very good. Walter will mainly speak about artistic concepts and stress points which go beyond the regular well known rules. He will also speak in depth about horticultural aspects.
October 18
Mauro Stemberger, award winning bonsai artist and wiring expert will provide a wiring demonstration. Please note that this is a special date one week earlier that our regularly scheduled meeting.


Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month February through October.

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 -
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society - 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor MI 48105-9741
The Ann Arbor Bonsai Society is affiliated with the American Bonsai Society and the Mid-American Bonsai Alliance.
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