The August Mid-American Bonsai Exhibit in Chicago, Illinois is one of the largest regional shows in the nation. Bonsai enthusiast from a five state region bring their best trees to share with the public. Going on its 37th year, the exhibit is focused around the Chicago Botanic Garden’s permanent collection. Now featuring nearly 50 world-class trees, the permanent collection in Chicago has definitely progressed over many years.
Our hope is to do the same at the Omaha Botanic Garden, Lauritzen Garden, in Omaha, Nebraska. The beginning stages of the display at the Chicago Botanic Garden are similar to the current bonsai display at Lauritzen Gardens. Nebraska Bonsai Society President Loren Buxton is working with the trees at Lauritzen trying to help advance the permanent collection out of its infancy. Over the last four years, the NBS has held an annual bonsai exhibit in conjunction with the garden’s annual Chrysanthemum and Japanese Ambiance festival. The garden curator loves the NBS bonsai presence and the public draw it brings to the festival. This year’s exhibit will be held the weekend of October 4 and 5. Check back in October for pictures from the event.
Here are some of our photos from past Mid-American Bonsai Exhibits in Chicago, in addition to a few photos of the garden itself. If you have never been to the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Mid-American exhibit we highly recommend that you check it out. The three-day event is packed with workshops and free demonstrations by professional bonsai artists set in one of the best Botanic Gardens in the US.