Michigan All State Bonsai Show

May 10, 2014 12:00 pm 5:00 pm
May 10, Vendors 9 am-5 pm

Peter Tea, bonsai artist and instructor from San Jose, California, will be the headliner at this year’s show. Peter studied under bonsai masters in the United States and Japan. He has taught workshops and given demonstrations throughout the country and writes a blog about bonsai.

Peter will give demonstrations on Saturday from 12–2 pm and Sunday from 11:30–1:30 pm. As he works on refining a large bonsai, he will discuss his vision for the tree and explain each step of his work. Additional demonstrations by other bonsai artists will be held throughout the weekend. The show will also feature displays of stunning bonsai entered by bonsai artists from throughout Michigan. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree—People’s Choice Awards will be given to the top 10 vote-getters. There will also be a fascinating collection of suiseki or viewing stones on display.

Workshops are planned for all skill levels—from experienced to beginners. There will also be two “Bring Your Own Tree” workshops taught by guest artist Peter Tea. The show will also include vendors from across the country, offering handmade bonsai pots, large specimen trees, affordable trees with “bonsai potential” and a complete assortment of soils, fertilizer, tools, books and wire. Click here to sign up for Bonsai Workshops.


Saturday, May 10

  • Repotting Demonstration, Tim Cox
    9:45-10:15 am

  • Jim’s Tool Time: Tool Sharpening Clinic, Jim Beck
    10:20-10:55 am

  • Fertilizers, Inoculants, & More, The Growco Guys
    11-11:20 am

  • Announcement of Awards* – Peter Tea* 
    11:40 am 

  • Guest Master Peter Tea: Styling & Refining a Large Bonsai
    Noon-2:00 pm

  • Dr. Bonsai – Interactive Audience Q&A, Dean Bull and Steve LaWarre
    2:10-3:30 pm

  • Triple Vision, Steve Jetzer, Tim Priest, & Scott Zomerlei
    3:40-5 pm

Sunday, May 11

  • Guest Master Peter Tea: Styling & Refining a Large Bonsai
    11:30 am-1:30 pm

  • Fertilizers, Inoculants, & More, The Growco Guys
    1:40-2:20 pm

  • Bush-to-Bonsai: Initial Shaping for Bonsai Development, Ken Huth
    2:30-3:25 pm

  • Announcement of People's Choice Awards
    4:15-4:30 pm

Vendors: BC Bonsai, Bonsai by Fields, The Flower Market, Growco Indoor Garden Supply, Heritage Laurels, Ken’s World of Bonsai, Lary Howard Stoneware Bonsai Pottery, Linda Ippel Studios, Loren Bristol Custom Display Tables and Wildwood Gardens

Fee: Free