Monday, May 15, 2017

Join us Sunday May 21 for our study group at Lauritzen Gardens!

Join us for the May bonsai study group!

It has been a busy winter and spring with the workshops and now a really busy time with watering and keeping trees alive in general. This month’s meeting is coming at a perfect time with regards to care of our trees.

We will meet SUNDAY MAY 21, 1-5 p.m.

Christian Correa will kick off the meeting with a discussion about plant diseases, insects and their control. He’ll also share his experience with how fertilizing properly leads to healthier trees that can better withstand those pests.

The Board is excited to introduce OUR NEW LOCATION - LAURITZEN GARDENS. For those who have not been there, the address is 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha. We will meet in the Adult Classroom. One caution: 
Due to their catering contract, they request we not bring in food from outside.

We are not required to be members or to pay for entrance.

After checking in at the front desk, head down the hallway toward the conservatory, past the bathrooms. Next, turn right and look for the open door of the classroom.

IF YOU ARE BRINGING PLANT MATERIAL (and we hope you do): Please come in through the East side area, not the front door. You would:

  • Come through the regular parking lot to the East side, turn into what looks like an auxiliary parking lot and back to the first sort of “bay” area.
  • Drop off your tree(s) there and go park your car in the lot.
  • Come back and take your tree through door into the indoor greenhouse display area and across to the BACK HALL where there’s a door out to the outdoor gardens and the Ikebana exhibit is held in the fall.
  • At the end of that hall, turn left to the classroom hallway. 

We encourage members to bring a show and tell so we have a sharing of our knowledge.  It can be a plant in any condition, a book, a tool, whatever you find interesting. Looking forward to another fine afternoon with you all. 

Additionally, Mark Samuel will discuss his vision for this year’s educational exhibit at the fall show and hopes you’ll all participate. Last year’s was very well received by visitors.

Finally:  Keep checking back for updates as we are on the verge of launching our new website! We will post updates on social media when the site is fully up and functional. Should be up sometime this week. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Todd Schlafer Workshop Saturday April 8 2017

NBS Members and Friends, Todd Schlafer will be spending two full days with the NBS on Saturday, April 8, at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha and on Sunday, April 9, at Finke Gardens in Lincoln. Each workshop will start at 8 am and finish up around 5 pm, with a break for lunch at Noon. The format will be bring-your-own-tree and/or purchase a tree in advance from Todd. He is currently working on photographing and pricing tree's for the workshop. I expect to have a link to that information sometime next week and will forward it once it becomes available.

 The workshop will be $100 per day and is limited to six participants. Members will also have the opportunity to observe the workshop for a small fee of $15. Payment for any of the material Todd is offering can be made in conjunction with your payment for the workshop, once it becomes available. When I've confirmed your place in the workshop and reserved your choice in material, payment can be made. If you are paying by check, please make checks payable to the Nebraska Bonsai Society and mail to our Treasurer, Tom Kipp. Payment needs to be collected no later than Saturday, April 1, unless other arrangements are made with Tom.

 Tom Kipp

 Please let me know asap if you'd like to enroll!

First Branch Bonsai
Todd is a student of Ryan Neil’s and specializes in Colorado Blue Spruce, among other species native to the Rocky Mountains. He's also the proprietor of First Branch Bonsai. The photo featured was taken at Todd's vending area at The Artisans Cup in 2015. 

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Juniper Workshop updates

Greetings Members and Friends of NBS!

A couple of things to catch us up! Tomorrow (03/05/2017) is the first session for Group 1 of the juniper workshop! If you need more information or need directions please refer to the flyer and/or feel free to contact us. 

Additionally, Group 1 is now full, but there are still  2 open slots for workers left in Group 2 for the Novice Juniper workshop. This may change quickly so act fast if you'd like a spot!

Note that Session 1 for Group 2 will be held on Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 5 p.m.

If you are interested in joining Group 2, please contact NBS Treasurer, Tom Kipp, at to register and arrange for payment.  Time is short, so register now!  The fee for the workshop is $60 for members and $85 for nonmembers.  Hint:  nonmembers can join the NBS for $25 and then pay the member price.

Briefly, in the workshop you will receive a 3 gallon Procumbens nana Juniper, a pot, and soil.  More details are in the attached flyer.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us either through site, email, or on our facebook group. All participants should have received information regarding the workshop. Please contact us if you did not receive an email and are participating in the workshop. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 Novice Workshop - Procumbens Nana Juniper Workshop

Procumbens Nana Juniper workshop

Registration for our sixth Novice Workshop is now open!  

If the image doesn't load please click here to view the flyer. Seating will be limited so please reserve your space early.

(Updated 02/19/2017): note changes in dates for the workshop sessions. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Year.... Big Changes!

Happy New Year to you all! It seems like just last week was the Christmas party and here we are in January.  

We had a bit of a slow start but your elected officials have been quite active and the year ahead is already filling up with activities!  The events calendar has been updated with all of the dates laid out for the year. Please check back as we continue to add details and information to the dates listed. 

To kick things off we have our first meeting January meeting Sunday the 22nd  1:00pm at Mulhall’s

Our meeting will begin with a roughly 45 minute workshop on "How to Choose a Bonsai Pot." We will cover topics such as shape, size, color, and texture of a container. As well as the what is appropriate at different stages of development for the tree. Lastly, we will talk about where we can obtain the pots as well as how to prepare them for trees.

Additionally, on the agenda is a silent auction of four trees that were donated to the club. Please refer to our emailed bulletin for more details on the auction or workshop

Saturday, October 8, 2016

NBS Fall Exhibition 2016

The NBS held its seventh annual Fall Exhibit in conjunction with Lauritzen Gardens' Japanese Ambience Festival.  Once again, we had an excellent variety of specimens on display, including some fine Satsuki Azalea specimens from Japan, collected trees from the region and west coast, in addition to specimens trained from nursery material. This coincided very well with our educational display this year - The Origins of Bonsai.  Native Collected, Mountain Collected, Imported, Cacti/Succulents, Nursery Material, Air Layer, Cuttings, Seedlings, etc. were all represented. The display included a flyer for each category, in addition to at least one example from a club member.  This was a remarkable team effort, organized by Mark Samuel and Linda Smith.

Max Miller and Jennifer Riepe led our demonstration on Saturday discussing forest bonsai basics and planting a seven tree elm forest.  On Sunday, Loren Buxton and Mark Samuel led a seminar on using native and mountain collected material for bonsaiOur sale table had some very special offerings, including pottery from our local favorite, Stephanie Walker, and great deals on a wide range of material.  As part of the sale table, Scott Luke displayed some special pieces, including containers from Nick Lenz, the Yamaaki kiln in Japan and an antique Chinese container from the Nakawatari eraWe also offered a range of starter plants, soil and training pots for the bonsai beginner.

Special thanks go to those who participated and spent time as greeters over the weekend.  Check out photos from the event.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

NBS Spring Exhibition 2016

The NBS held its Spring Exhibit this year at Oak Creek Plants and Flowers in Lincoln.  Check out the photos from the event.