We’re Moving

If you did not attend the meeting on Friday, August 11th, you missed a lot. Not only did Adam and Mike work their magic on many trees, but all of the upcoming changes we have in store were discussed. Please be on the lookout for the next Club Newsletter which will outline in detail all matters discussed. For now, just be aware of the fact that we are moving our meeting location beginning with our “Welcome Back” meeting in September. Our new meeting place will be at American Bonsai Tool & Supply Co. located at 518 Douglas Ave #1216  Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 (map). Our meetings will now be on the second Saturday of the month at 10 am. However, please bear in mind that our “Welcome Back” meeting set for September 10th is on a Sunday, please visit the “Upcoming Events” section of our website for more details.

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Carving Workshop

Adam & Mike at 2017 BSF Convention


On August 11th, we will once again hold our annual  Carving Workshop. Our very own Adam Lavigne and Mike Rogers will demonstrate their carving techniques while they work to transform the deadwood in both Deciduous and Conifer trees into works of art. For those of you new to the concept of deadwood carving, take a look at this article by Dan Robinson from April 2008. ARTICLE

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Workshop / Beginners Classes

The Workshop/Beginners Classes held on the fourth Friday of the month are structured to serve a dual purpose. Beginners, you will have one on one instruction from advance level members who will be more than happy to share their knowledge. Bring a tree and you will be instructed on proper care and styling techniques for your particular tree.  If you do not yet have a tree, extra trees will always be available to work on.

Intermediate and advance level members – This is the perfect opportunity to bring your trees that need pruning, wiring, re-potting, etc. You may be paired with a beginning member who will benefit from your knowledge as you both work on your tree. This is also the perfect opportunity to ask one of the advance level members on styling ideas for your trees as well.

We will also be discussing the information on the Beginners Manual which will soon become available.

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Summer picnic extravaganza! 

On Sunday, July 16, from about noon to 4, the CFBC will be hosting its annual Summer Picnic. The event will take place at the Orange County UF/IFAS Extention office at 6021 S. Conway Rd, Orlando 32812. 

All are welcome, even non members, all you need is an interest in little trees. 

Harold Harvey’s bougainvillea on display in Washington DC at the National Arboretum

There will be a live auction, silent auction, raffle, and a club display with an opportunity to win a People’s Choice Award (with a special prize!) 

We ask for donations to help fundraiser for the club, like cuttings, pottery, bonsai related items, etc. to help fill out the silent auction and raffle offerings. If you are looking to auction off some bonsai or pots, we allow a split auction, with ten percent going to the club. This is one of the only ways we bring funds into the club so we’d like to thank you in advance for your generosity. 

This year we have some high quality items so make sure you bring your checkbook, you’ll need it! 

The club will supply beverages and ham and we ask that you bring your favorite covered dish, side, or dessert (that means you Diane!). 

A fun time will, as they say, be had by all! 

See you Sunday! 

Adam, The Prez

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Join us for some fun and educational workshops in June!

June is the month for tropicals in sunny Florida, so just because it might be hot, doesn’t mean you get to slack off. 

Repotting, pruning, wiring, getting your hands dirty and sweat on your brow (and other uncomfortable places!)


Fear not! The CFBC is having not one,  but two, open to all levels, all tree sizes, and all tree species, BYOT workshops. The dates are:

June 9th, 7:30 pm and

June 23rd, 7:30 pm 

In the normal meeting place, the IFIS/Orange County agricultural extension office at 6021 S. Conway Rd.

See you there!

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