Mid-America Bonsai Show & Sale

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
August 16: noon – 5 p.m. 
August 17 & 18: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Show: Nichols Hall 
Sale: Runnels & Searle Courtyard
Demonstrations & Lectures:
Auditorium, Design Studio & Plant Science Lab 
Workshops: Various locations

Bonsai Design

Presented by the Midwest Bonsai Society 
See bonsai trees on display, shop the plant sale, and learn from experts.


  • A judged show including 200 bonsai trees reflecting all types of bonsai styles in Nichols Hall
  • Over a dozen vendors selling bonsai trees, raw nursery stock, pots, tools, and supplies in the Searle and Runnells Courtyards
  • Free demonstrations and lectures in Alsdorf Auditorium
  • Workshops for beginners and accomplished bonsai growers to collect growing information      
    *Additional fee and registration is required for workshops. Visit midwestbonsai.org for more information.

Watch Chicago Botanic Garden Bonsai Curator, Chris Baker, as he shows an in-depth view on bonsai creation: