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.

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.

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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.  

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​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.

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

April 2, 9, May 14, 21, June 4, 25, 2016

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

Bonsai Tip: Spring and  summer mean fast growth; check the wiring on your trees often to prevent scarring; observe trees to determine the need for additional watering...  rain clouds sometimes bypass your bonsai garden.

MAY Bonsai Care

(information provided by the Central Florida Bonsai Club)

​Upcoming Events

 (go to Events for details and other events)


April 16-17, 2016

Flamingo Gardens Annual

Garden and Bonsai Show

Saturday 9:30am-4:30

Sunday 9:30am-3:30


May 27-30, 2016

BSF 43rd Annual Convention


June 18, 2016

Pauline Muth Workshop

9am-Noon


September 11, 2016

Sergio Luciani Workshop

​1PM - 4PM





Recently added to Events: updated international bonsai conventions, and an introductory class in bonsai by a local bonsai supplier. 


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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...


BROWARD BONSAI SOCIETY