Welcome to the Iowa Bonsai Association's website. IBA was founded in 1979 to promote appreciation and development of bonsai. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You may come and go as your time permits and work on trees or just socialize and observe. There will be a program at 11:30 monthly covering a wide range of topics. We meet at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Join us! Members will enjoy a helpful, supportive atmosphere no matter what your experience level, opportunity to participate in workshops, bonsai shows and collecting trips, access to the association's library of books and a monthly newsletter. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to get to know more about bonsai, please attend one of our meetings or contact us.
By richmond on March 13, 2019
The 6th Japan Suiseki Exhibition is being held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo, on February 14-17, 2019. This is the same venue as the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, but in a different gallery on the 2nd floor. It was Norio Kobayashi’s (no relation to Kunio Kobayashi,) dream to elevate the art […]MORE >>
By richmond on March 11, 2019
Earlier this month I visited the east coast of Florida. The person we stayed with suggested we visit a local botanical garden, Heathcoate Gardens. We paid our fee and began walking thepath away from the entrance building. Almost immediately, we came to a Japanese looking entrance gate. Beyond was a surprise treasure I did not […]MORE >>
By richmond on January 25, 2019
The 2018 summer growing season has come to an end with a hard freeze a few days ago. But, before winter arrived, my deciduous bonsai decided to put on a show and I’d like to share their beauty with you. November 2018 – IBA NEWSLETTERMORE >>
By richmond on September 1, 2018
Fall Show at Reimen Gardens in Ames, IowaMORE >>
By richmond on August 17, 2018
I cannot do justice to the history of our Fall show in Ames, but it goes back more than 25 years. To the best of my knowledge, Alan Magruder and Bill Todd organized our first show around 1992. Sometime later, I took the helm for a short period only to hand it over to Ivan […]MORE >>