A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a person perfected without trials.  

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The Bud Shafer Memorial Bench
at the Jim Smith Bonsai Gallery, Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Bench provided by donations from the Broward & Gold Coast Bonsai Societies.

BSF Convention May 25-29, 2017

Toby Diaz Workship Oct. 22nd    pictures from the workshop can be seen here  We had a delightful workshop, as expected.  Toby reminded us to be wary of our repotting schedules as our tropicals should not be done from now till March 22nd.  Two members brought Ilex trees and those should only be repotted in February or March.  

Sergio Luciani Workshop Sept 11

Some notes from Sergio's workshop: The first movement of the tree is from the land to the sun- follow the lines of the nebari to the first branch, the tree should follow in a harmonious way; follow the rule of thirds. Flowers are good but the position eat flower is important for visual weight. For flowering or those that change foliage color, style with that in mind- show off the foliage or the flowers. 

More notes here.  Pictures here

JuanAndradeWorkshopAugust Broward Bonsai welcomed Juan Andrade to his first workshop with the club.  All who met him at the BSF Convention were looking forward to having him work on their trees and those who met him for the first time were very impressed and we look forward to working with him again. See pictures from the workshop here​.


Pauline Muth Workshop June 18

Pauline Muth visited Broward Bonsai for the first time on June 18th.  One of the many things discussed was the importance of having a future plan over several years for your trees and keeping branches but knowing (tagging) which branches are selected for future cutting.   Click here for Pauline Muth WS photos.


BBS at the 2016 BSF Convention Members of BBS attended this years' BSF Convention in Orlando; picture below is Carlos with Bjorn Bornholm and Juan Andrade, featured artists.


Thrips: ​An annoying and damaging pest affecting mainly Ficus Benjamin but there are many varieties of thrips that affect both landscape plants and crops. Our bonsai are affected mainly by Cuban Laural Thrips: Gynaikothrips ficorum,  and the Weeping Fig (Benjamin) Thrips: Gynaikothrips Uzeli.  Go to Bonsai Notes for more information.


Broward Bonsai's Annual Exhibit at Flamingo Gardens

was a success.  Displays included suiseki and over 30 trees and their companions, including participation by a member of the Gold Coast Bonsai Society.  Demonstrations were held each day to groups eager to learn.  Our sales table included pre-bonsai, bonsai, and equipment.  Pictures from the exhibit can be seen here.  


​Workshop February 2016: ​​​​​Some reminders from Ed: If you use akadama in your mix, make sure it is a high fired akadama or it will turn to mud; don't bare root and wash all the old soil from your roots as you will get rid of more good than bad; treat a two-trunk tree as one when arranging  your branches (left-right-back); fertilize your trees all year- even a dormant tree has some growth by 11am...​

Photos from the February Ed Trout workshop can be seen here.


“The Art of Bonsai”        presented by Flamingo Gardens:
Class Schedule: ***

Nov 19, Dec 3, 10, 2016; Jan 14, 28, Feb 4, 2017

(***for more information click on Class Schedule above)

Bonsai Tip: Rainy season can bring an unwanted byproduct: fungus.  Check your trees and treat accordingly. 

​OCTOBER Bonsai Care

(information provided by the Central Florida Bonsai Club)

​Upcoming Events

 (go to Events for details and other events)


October 22, 2016

​Workshop with Toby Diaz

November 5, 2016                        Kurama Workshop at Heidi's

December 3, 2016                 Hannukah/Christmas Luncheon   11:30-1

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

​May 26-29, 2017                                   BSF Convention


Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is an art form similar to painting, music, and sculpture which provides each of us with an opportunity to demonstrate our creative expression and horticultural techniques. Bonsai, translated literally from Japanese, means “tree in a tray”. It can be considered 50% art form and 50% horticulture.

BONSAI, both an art form and horticulture...