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 September 1, 2018
Fall Show at Reimen Gardens in Ames, IowaMORE >>
By jenjo 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 >>
By jenjo on August 16, 2018
In August, Andy Smith of South Dakota, gave a workshop on collected trees to several Eastern Iowa club members at the Pavilion in Jones Park. SEPTEMBER 2018 – IBA NEWSLETTERMORE >>
By jenjo on August 13, 2018
JUDGE Todd Schlafer, Denver, Colorado Best of Show Ron heinen, Ames, Iowa The Living Art Award Ron heinen, Ames, Iowa The Award of Excellence Zoe Nady, Ames, Iowa The Award of Preeminence Zoe Nady, Ames, Iowa Open Class First Place –Scott Allen,Des Moines, Iowa – 1 blue ribbon First Place –Zoe Nady, Ames, Iowa – 2 […]MORE >>
By jenjo on August 1, 2018
Saturday August 11th 2018- demonstrations with Bonsai artist, Todd Schlafer, at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Demo’s open to the public at 10-12, 12:30 – 2:30 – and 3-5.MORE >>