• Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Bonsai Societies of Florida will hold “Bonsai by Design”, their 42nd Annual Convention on May 21-25, 2015 at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center at the Florida Mall, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32809. It is Orlando’s largest retail shopping mall and close to Orlando International Airport. Registration begins Thursday evening from 7 until 9 pm.

Bonsai by Design features well known artists David DeGroot & Guy Guidry. It will be an exciting weekend of Demonstrations, Workshops, Vendors, Specimen Exhibit Trees, Raffles, Scholarship Competition, Club Night, Auctions and Camaraderie. For a complete itinerary and more, go to www.bonsai-bsf.com.

Orlando Bonsai will be a vendor there selling tools, pots, accessories, display stands, trees and more. Come meet Sandy, Orlando Bonsai’s owner, in person if you haven’t already. Ask for your special SHOW discount. Former owner, Paul Pikel will also be there teaching a Bonsai Photography workshop. Maybe you can stop by and ask him what the subject of his next Bonsai video will be.

Enjoy Bonsai and Life.

Sandy


• Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Joy of Bonsai, that is.  Yes, January 16 – 18 2015 is when Kawa Bonsai Society presents Joy of Bonsai Shohin at the Flagler County Extension Office, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell, Florida. This promises to be a fantastic weekend of display, workshop, and demonstrations by accomplished bonsai artists, William Valvanis, Sean Smith, Ted Matson and Mike Rogers.

And Orlando Bonsai will be selling bonsai tools and supplies in the vendor area so please come see us there. We love this annual event and wouldn’t want to miss it.  Hope you can join us!

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For more information or to register:  http://kawabonsai.com/january-2015-joy-of-bonsai-shohin/


• Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

 

Paul Pikel has a new video that explains how to style a Podocarpus bonsai.  His pal Cosmo loves to watch him work especially when he’s preparing a tree he hopes to display at the Epcot Flower and Garden Show. Podocarpus is a common shrub in Florida so maybe you’ll want to try your hand at styling one of these too.

Click on the YouTube link below to watch.

http://youtu.be/GmRXw55caCw


• Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
 
Dwarf Ligustrum – first styling

Remember the ‘Before and After Shots’ of the Dwarf Ligustrum? If not visit the blog post pix from July 19, 2013.  But here is the picture after it’s first styling last year.

Dwarf Ligustrum - first styling

Thought you might like to see a pix of it today — see below.  It was trimmed a couple of weeks ago after some long summer growth and here it is now.

Ligustrum - Dwarf - 2014-08-25

 

For a little guy, it puts out a lot of new growth so it must be controlled if you want to have a good bonsai but isn’t it sweet.  Of course, there is still more work to be done with the growth of the tree, the shortening and styling of the top. After that, the next step will be to put it in a bonsai pot. That’s always fun.  Choosing the right pot is rewarding and makes all the difference but I guess that’s the subject of another blog post for a rainy day. :)

 

Enjoy bonsai and life.
Sandy R