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 August 8, 2022
Summer is in full swing and we’ve all be dealing with HOT days. During these times it’s important to stay connected with your trees and make sure they have the water they need as well as protection from the hot sun for those varieties that just don’t like to be baked… 2022-07-IBA-NewsletterMORE >>
By jenjo on June 2, 2022
One look at the Calendar of Events will show you that it is a CRAZY busy month for Bonsai in Iowa. Few of us have much time to read, so we’re keeping text to a minimum! Nevertheless, we have a great article from Ron Heinen about his collecting trip to South Dakota with Scott Allen. […]MORE >>
By jenjo on May 19, 2022
Iowa State Fair Bonsai Show – Sunday, August 14 Deadline to enter is July 1, 2022 We had a great show last year WE CAN HAVE A BETER ONE THIS YEAR After much discussion it has been decided by the IBA BOD that trees that won any of the four major awards at the Iowa State Fair in 2021 […]MORE >>
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By jenjo on May 9, 2022
It’s another VERY busy month for Bonsai. If you had trees outside for the winter, you may still be repotting. Early breaking trees that were wintered inside may be ready for first pruning. The long, cold, wet and windy spring means…2022-05-IBA-NewsletterMORE >>
By jenjo on April 26, 2022
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden hosted the 2022 Spring Bonsai Exhibit, April 23 and 24. Sharing some photos from the event here.MORE >>
By jenjo on April 1, 2022
Happy April, Bonsai Enthusiasts. Repotting season is here. The ground is thawing and the collecting season is upon us. Accordingly, most of us don’t have much time to read. Short and sweet this month… 2022-04-IBA-NewsletterMORE >>