2017 BSF/ABS Convention


May 25 – 29, 2017

Moving American Bonsai Forward

The Florida Hotel, Orlando Florida

Presented by the American Bonsai Society

And the Bonsai Societies of Florida


Thursday – Joshua Roth New Talent Competition and

BSF Scholarship Competition

Friday – A Day of Demo’s, in fact 14 Demo’s!

Saturday & Sunday – 41 Seminars accommodates all

 instructional levels!


Click HERE  for registration and program information as well as Q & A  for BSF members.


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President’s Message

by Adam Lavigne** September 18th

Meeting 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Welcome, everyone, to the CFBC’s New Year! We have so many exciting programs and events coming up this year, I can hardly wait.

Before I get into that though, I would like to thank last years board, especially Sandy and Paul and the convention team (you da’ man, Rick!) for ensuring our fiscal solvency for the next few years. Your hard work not only brought much needed funds into the coffers (without which we can’t bring interesting programs to the membership) but the friendships and relationships it built has made us a stronger club. And that’s a hard thing to do in todays world of social media, anonymous internet interactions and stagnating in-person contact.Thank you all! I’m not sure I can live up to your examples.

Here’s a sneak peak for the upcoming year: for the September Kick Off meeting, we will be having Argentinian superstar Sergio Luciani in for a demonstration. The meeting is at a special day and time (Sunday, September 18th, 1pm) so make note. The October meeting will have a visit from Juan Andrade, November will be a soil PowerPoint and hands on soil class, December will be a more dynamic Holiday Party with a styling contest and other activities.

The New Year will feature the return of Rick Jeffrey his popular hands on cypress forest workshop, a possible woodworking workshop from Sean Smith (if we can latch onto the tour), a special program by D&L Nursery’s own David Cutchin, our involvement with the Epcot Flower and Garden show and then the combined BSF/ABS convention in May. We have an opportunity with this years convention to earn more money than last year, if I’m reading the numbers correctly.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? But we can’t do it alone. If you scroll down to the list of officers, you will notice that there are only three names where there should be five. If you think you can fulfill some of the duties of any of the officer slots, drop us a line. If you’d like to be on a committee or just help out behind the scenes (drinks or snacks at the meetings even) drop us a line. I am making it a point to answer any and all inquiries as soon as I get them, either by phone call, text message, email, or Facebook message.

Now, who’s ready for the Kick Off?

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Some dates to remember

Coming up on the first August CFBC meeting (8/12,7pm), we will be having our annual carving themed workshop with Mike Rogers and myself with all the carving tools you can imagine. You’ll see the tools of the trade and Mike will be carving members trees. Bring cords, safety glasses, brooms, dustpans and whatever tree you’d like to have questions answered on or deadwood carved.Also coming up is the Brevard Club’s Annual Zoo show at the Brevard Zoo. This year the Brevard Club officers has extended the chance to our members free admittance to the Zoo to see the show. If you’d like this chance, send to me or to Ronn Miller directly the names of those who wish to attend (my e-mail is adamaskwhy@yahoo.com and Ronn’s is ronn1@cfl.rr.com).

The regular price of admission is $15. The dates of the show are August 13th and 14th, there will be two demos each day and a children’s program on Saturday. Contact Ronn for full details. 

I would also like to invite whoever would like to contribute, to the next board meeting, which will take place on Sunday afternoon, July 31st at the Gnarly Barley (7432 S. Orange Ave) . Send me an e-mail if you are interested in attending. 

See you soon!

Adam, The Prez  

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Three Important Regional Bonsai Events



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BSF and Tropical Bonsai Throughout the World Loses a Giant.

BSF and Tropical Bonsai Throughout the World Loses a Giant.

Jim Smith Bonsai

The Bonsai Societies of Florida and tropical bonsai throughout the world has lost a giant.  Jim Smith died peacefully in his sleep last night.  His impact on the development and refinement of tropical bonsai over the last four decades simply cannot be over estimated.

Thank you to Rob Kempinski for his poignant words.
” Jim was a quiet and incredible gentleman who willingly shared his considerable knowledge of bonsai and also the assets of his nursery. Many trees from Jim grace bonsai collections around the world. But even better, Jim never said a bad thing about anyone. He was and will always be a true gentleman of bonsai.
Here is a typical photo of Jim sharing his knowledge with Charles Bevan several years ago.”


Arrangements are being made for a memorial service.  Details will be communicated when they are finalized.


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