Ed began the workshop by reminding us of the advantage we have in South Florida which has a year long growing season. We should always have a plan for each tree. If we follow our plan we could easily have a quality, show worthy tree in 5 years: water, fertilize, repot as necessary, and repeat..... Any interruption will delay development. To develop a pre-bonsai for show (whether a formal show or the one in your yard), put it in a bonsai pot so the roots will properly develop in the shallow confines of a bonsai sized pot. Everyone has a show: each of us should have a section of our yard where the trees are on display so we can take time each day to relax and enjoy them. When formatting a plan for a tree, first study the tree, think about how to make it more interesting, develop taper, and form a definitive apex. Know your material; know what will happen when you prune it, know the fertilizer needs and what is required for watering. When discussing a member's black pine, he warned us to be away of the summer dormancy period. When it's too hot, stop feeding it; tender growth can be damaged by both cold and heat. Photos from the March 2015 Ed Trout Workshop
June 28, 2014
Broward Bonsai participated in the Sunrise Japanese Anime and Culture fest. See the photos here.
Exhibit: Trees from the Broward and Gold Coast Bonsai Societies
April 2015: Heidi gave us the do's and don't's for Shimpaku Junipers.
Broward Bonsai began 2014 with a workshop with Owen Reich. See more information about Owen at his website, Bonsai Unearthed
Art's Hobbit Home
July 2014 : Display - Mike Sullivan
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 our Notes on Mike's Display Presentation here.
Paul Pikel photographing exhibit trees at the convention for a limited edition print book of the 2015 BSF Convention Exhibit.
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 the 2015 annual International Flower and Garden Festival. (photo courtesy of Louise Leister)
July 2015 Some tips we learned from Hiram: watering trunk and foliage accelerates rotting in trees such as escambron and bougainvillea, micro-sprinklers or watering the bonsai soil only is preferred; the front of the tree is the priority but there are some bonsai communities that strive to make each branch and view a perfect bonsai; the sea grape he saw with the smallest leaves was never fertilized and minimally watered; recommends using expensive pots for show only and not daily use; be conscious of the apex direction negative space; direct growth where it is needed and not let growth concentrate where it is not needed; be mindful of the branch levels as you go up the tree trunk. Hiram Macias July 2015
Peter Tea Workshop March 2015: 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 counter productively 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.
Broward Bonsai welcomed Joe Day for a "hybrid" workshop on September 19th. Some members brought trees for critique, some to be worked. See more pictures here.
Read "A Conversation with Ed Trout" in the summer 2014 edition of Florida Bonsai Magazine distributed on-line to BSF members.
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. A biography of Mr. Naka can be found here,