March program: willow leaf ficus root cuttings

This month, Adam Lavigne, The Prez, will be talking about a propagation technique on Florida’s favorite ficus, F. Salicaria.

Adam will talk about the different uses of this technique, the history of it in Florida, and will have some examples of trees in various levels of development, grown using it.

The main tree to be demonstrated on (a big clump) came from the root base sawn off of a clump during a demo by the late, great Florida bonsai master, Jim Smith

There will be saws, wire, Ficus sap, bonsai soil, mayhem, and way too many bad jokes.

Should be a good time!

There will also be a discussion of next year’s officers, the upcoming BSFconvention , the Dragon Tree Nursery fieldtrip and much more.

The date: Friday, March 8, 2019

The time: 7:30 pm

Location: the UF/IFAS Orange County Agricultural Extrension Office, 6021 S. Conway Rd, Orlando Fl.

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Seminole County Gardening Expo

2019 Seminole County Gardening Expo

Join UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County and their Master Gardener Volunteers for a fun filled day featuring hydroponic demonstrations, organic & butterfly gardening, children’s activities, “how-to clinics,” vendors selling plants and gardening related products, “ask the Experts”, food, entertainment and much more. Guest speakers include Tom McCubbin! The Central Florida Bonsai Club will have their very own area at this event.

 

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This month’s program with Rob Kempinski and some Japanese black pine

Welcome to February! The best month, if you go by who’s birthday is in February. (Hint: your CFBC President….)

According to Punxsutawney Phil, we are in for a shorter winter this year, so get yourself ready for spring by gathering your soil, getting your pots cleaned, and start repotting.

This month we will be having Rob Kempinski, teaching us about Japanese black pines.

Rob is the current 2ndvp of Bsf, has been the President and various positions in the Bonsai Society of Brevard, is a published author of not only bonsai books but fiction as well. He’s had trees at the Bsf show, award winning trees at the Winter Silhouette show in Kannapolis , trees accepted in Bill Valavanis’ Rochester event, and more.

He is also an accomplished bonsai potter, stand maker and overall bonsai guru.

Of late, Rob has even been dabbling in oil painting.

It’s safe to say that Rob doesn’t sleep much.

Oh, and he’s a golfer. Take from that what you will.

We are very fortunate to have him this Friday (8th of February, 2019 at the usual meeting place 6021 S. Conway Rd, Orlando)

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January’s featured artist, Reggie Purdue, presenting a bald cypress byot workshop

For this month’s meeting, the CFBC welcomes Dr. Reggie Purdue to teach us a bit about taxodium distichum, the bald cypress.

Dr. Purdue has extensive knowledge in the culture, care, and collection of this amazing native Florida tree.

We will be meeting at the regular meeting spot, the UF/IFAS Orange County Ag center, 6021 S. Conway Rd, Orlando 32812.

We will meet on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7pm, for mingling, and the business meeting will begin at 7:30 sharp, then the fun will begin!

As usual, the order that our speaker will work with the members will be the order that you sign in, so get there early and don’t forget to put your name on that list.

We don’t have an official snacks/drink volunteer, so if you’d like to bring some refreshments, please do.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Adam by email (president@centralfloridabonsaiclub.com)

See you Friday!

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