Multi-club Picnic

The Bonsai Society of Brevard will be hosting a multi-club picnic luncheon/auction with Central Florida Bonsai Club, Kawa Bonsai Society, and Treasure Coast Bonsai Society on November 4 at the F. Burton Smith Regional County Park. All bonsai enthusiast are welcome!  The park is located about 4 miles west of I-95 on Hwy, 520 (7575 W. King St, Cocoa, FL. 32926. The event will be held in the large Karberg Pavilion.  It is a beautiful park with lakes, playground, volleyball court, and wildlife nature trail. “fishing allowed” There is plenty of close parking and very large clean restroom facility. The pavilion is very large in case of rain. This will be a great time to enjoy a picnic with all of our close bonsai friends who have the same passion for the Art of Bonsai and a chance to pick up a great deal on bonsai trees and items.

BSOB will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs for the picnic. They will also be providing dinnerware, cups, ice and drinks.  Please bring your favorite covered dish or desert to share.

A bonsai auction consisting of any bonsai related item you may choose to bring, will be held following lunch. The auction will include a live auction as well as a silent auction. The method of payment will be by CHECK or CASH only. We ask that members be limited to 10 items each in the bidding auction for the sake of time, but no limit of items will be placed on the silent auction. A 10% donation will be asked for all items auctioned to help cover the cost of the event. There will be no charge for the event itself.

A youth bring your own tree workshop will be held during the auction.  This is a great chance to take your favorite tree from home to the next level! The participant shall bring their own tools and tree for the workshop..

Schedule of events:

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This weekends Workshop

The CFBC is getting back on schedule with our second meeting/workshop of the month this Sunday, September 24th, from 10-3 or so. This month’s roving workshop will take place at Agresta Gardens, our very own Ben Agresta’s place. Ben has been amassing what is going to be one of the most impressive private bonsai collections in the state. His trees have pedigrees from everyone like Ed Trout, Erik Wigert, Ronn Miller, and many more. It’s truly breathtaking and Ben will be giving a tour. 
Please rsvp me ( or go to the Facebook event page and confirm your attendance. Ben is graciously providing BBQ. Bring a side dish and your drink of choice, it’s a bonsai party! 

The workshop will have a beginners theme but all levels of experience are welcome. 

See you all on Sunday the 24th! 
Adam, Prez

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Mary Madison Fieldtrip

I am sorry to announce that our upcoming field trip to Mary Madison’s Nursery (which was Sunday September 17th) has been cancelled due to hurricane cleanup at her place. 

Mary and our Corresponding Secretary, Paul

I spoke with her today and she was in good spirits, no injuries, but she doesn’t have power yet.  She lives in Lake Placid, Fl, which is east of Sebring on US 27. If you’ve been following the path of the storm, that put her right on the dirty side of Irma. She had some fallen limbs but was able to house the best bonsai in her home. All those old Japanese pots are safe as well. 

Mary’s tree in Washington DC at the national Arboretum

We offered her help in the clean up but, as I suspected she might do, she told me that it wasn’t that bad and to take care of our own families and trees. She’s a tough lady, last of  her kind. 

As for the storm’s aftermath, I am extending my hand in help to any club member that may need some manual labor or chainsaw work. I’m sure that I can rustle up some other club members with less damage who can spare a few hours to help out a fellow CFBC member. Don’t hesitate to ask, that’s what we are here for. You are not alone. (

We will reschedule the trip to Mary’s as soon as she is ready, she loves it when clubs come down to see her. 

Stay safe and we will see you soon,

Adam, Prez

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Hurricane Irma

Due to the imminent hurricane bearing down on Florida, it has been decided that it’s best, and probably even mandatory, that we postpone our meeting scheduled for Sunday, September 10, at the American Bonsai Tools facility. 

It may seem premature to cancel on now on Tuesday, but a careful watching of the news will put the state, no matter the path, into tropical storm or hurricane conditions by Saturday and Sunday. 

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My advice, beyond your regular hurricane preparedness, and for your trees, is to put out as many water collection vessels you can to collect rain water have for your trees. It is true that the water companies have generators and the water may still work, but a big tree could get uprooted, destroying a water main close by, and you could be without water for several days or a week. Or, worse, if you’re on well water, and there’s no power, you have no pumping capabilities. 

Placing all your trees on the ground, out of the wind, is a good idea, or in your garage or even your house. Pay attention to which way the wind may blow and watch out for overhanging branches that could fall on your them. 

But, please, your trees are not as important as you. Stay inside, wait out the storm. Be safe. 

We will reschedule the Welcome Back meeting, maybe for the 4th Saturday date, but all that depends on the outcome of the storm. 

Good luck!  

Adam, Prez.

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