Broward Bonsai Society

Bonsai, both an art form and horticulture...

















On Saturday, April 25th, Heidi gave us a presentation on the 'Do's and Don'ts' of Shimpaku.  It was very informative.  More pictures from this presentation can be seen in our gallery.
Broward Bonsai is represented at EPCOT®
The Chinese Elm belonging to our member Jesus was one among those chosen to be displayed at the Japanese pavilion at EPCOT® during their annual International Flower and Garden Festival.  Trees will be on display for the duration of the festival, March 4-May 17, 2015.  (photo courtesy of Louise Leister)
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See pictures from a very informative and enjoyable workshop with Peter Tea on March 14th....

The following commentary is from "Bonsai News", a monthly publication of the Lake Charles Bonsai Society in Louisiana:

Peter’s presentation emphasized the need to focus on what needs development now vs. what needs development later. He noted that this tends to come down to issues of thickening and division. Peter pointed out that we often get ahead of ourselves and counterproductively work on aspects which will need to be removed because we put the cart before the horse. When we emphasize thickening to develop taper that is necessary to sell the story that this is an ancient tree, then we are on the right track. This involves letting branches grow out to develop good thickening near the trunk, and then pruning those branches back after the thickening has occurred in order to develop the ramification or division. 

Peter also discoursed on the importance of the proper sun exposure for the type and developmental stage of the tree, proper soil to promote growth, repotting intervals, and fertilization. For example, a soil mix which is too wet will result in slow growth which retards the development of our taper and ramification. A dry mix with rapid draining tends to produce faster growth. This healthy environment helps to develop good rootage, both surface roots and feeder roots. 

Peter’s approach is deceptively simple, and it is easy to think you understand it and then proceed to violate those principles as we fall back into old, bad habits with our bonsai training. 

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The Broward Bonsai Society had another great workshop with Ed Trout; see pictures here.  Read "A Conversation with Ed Trout" in the summer 2014 edition of Florida Bonsai Magazine distributed on-line to BSF members. 

Heidi attended FELAB 2014 in Puerto Rico and shared photos of the trees that were exhibited.  FELAB 2014 pictures


A complementary plant from the Broward Bonsai Society workshop on August 23rd.  We worked from a 'smorgasbord' of plants to make our designs.  See other photos from the workshop here.

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JOHN YOSHIO NAKA
(August 16, 1914 - May 19, 2004)

John Yoshio Naka would have celebrated his 100th birthday on August 16, 2014. He was instrumental in supporting and encouraging interest in bonsai in the United States and set the standards for bonsai in both the US and the world. An extensive biography of Mr. Naka, compiled by Robert Baran, can be found at: Phoenix Bonsai.  

News & Notes 2014

PRESIDENT's NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2014

Broward Bonsai Society will have a workshop on accent plants on August 23, 2014 at the Flamingo Garden's classroom. The cost to participate will be $5 and includes a pot and plant material.

 ...read more   (includes articles on and links to images of kusamono and complementary plants)



On July 12th, Mike Sullivan gave the Broward Bonsai Society a presentation on displaying bonsai.  It was educational as well as fun.  Mike set up a variety of combinations of trees, stands, companion plants, and stones-- some making a good display and some not; we learned much about display just seeing what worked and what didn't with Mike's expert commentary clearing up any questions.  See pictures from the presentation here.



ART'S HOBBIT HOUSE:




 




Bonsai by Thomas Grimm

It’s a small tree that sits on my veranda,

swaying in the breeze to a poetic stanza.

I water it daily and twice when it’s hot.

I promised it love when first it was bought.

I pluck faded leaves and shape all its branches.

I am careful with its feed. I don’t take any chances. 

I share time alone with this little green guy,

sipping my coffee on the veranda outside.

So many times I speak under my breath,

like I know he is listening, unlike the rest.

When others are racing and running to and fro.

I sit and sip and watch bonsai grow.

A thought like a seed seems to root in my mind.

If one gives me pleasure two would be really fine.

Then three and then four until room for no more,

and I’ve a little green forest outside my front door.  

  




OLDER POSTS...



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.







 



















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

Author Unknown

Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is an art form similar to painting, music, and sculpturing 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 pot”.  It can be considered 50% art form and 50% horticulture.


Bonsai Tip: "spring" brings fast growth; check the wiring on your tress often to prevent ugly scarring; observe trees to determine need for additional watering.
 
Upcoming Events 
(go to Events for details)

NEW CALENDAR OF EVENTS



MARCH 14, 2015
Peter Tea, Saturday 9am-Noon

APRIL 25, 2015
Heidi: Shimpaku 9-10am

MAY 22-25, 2015
BSF 2015 CONVENTION

JUNE 20, 2015
Rodney Clemons, Saturday 2-5pm
photos from our last workshop

SEPTEMBER 2015
Joe Day (date TBD)

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016
Bjorn Bjorholm



May BONSAI CARE:
refer to the BBS calendar or, visit this site for more detailed information:  
 MAY Bonsai Care

(information provided by the Central Florida Bonsai Club)

 
Art of Bonsai” sponsored by 
Flamingo Gardens:

Class Schedule: ***

May 16, 30, June 6, 27,
July 11, 25, 2015

(***for more information click on 'class schedule' above)

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