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 jenjo on January 31, 2020
It has been a rather warm winter thus far. But, we are likely in for some good Iowa January weather soon. Remember, our trees generally require 40 days below 40 degrees F. I have had to crack the garage door a bit to get some lower temps… 2020-01-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on November 1, 2019
Non bonsai people are amazed that little bonsai trees actually turn color in fall. I think it is one of the many fascinations of the hobby… 2019-11-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on October 1, 2019
It’s summer and our single flush pines have stopped growing. What now? For starters we can clean out old needles. While we’re doing this we may notice that some year’s needles are longer than others… 2019-10-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on September 1, 2019
Saturday, August 10 of this year, before the State Fair show Bjorn Bjorholm demonstrated his incredible talent by transforming three ugly ducklings into works of art. The first tree he chose to work on was a twin trunk Ponderosa… 2019-09-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>
By jenjo on August 10, 2019
Thanks to the Botanical Gardens and the Iowa Bonsai Association, a mutually beneficial partnership has developed into a win-win for both. The Gardens provide our association with a magnificent platform for spreading the art of bonsai… 2019-08-IBA-Newsletter DOWNLOADMORE >>