Notice of Board of Directors Meeting – BSF

Please be advised that there will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bonsai Societies of Florida on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The meeting will start at 10 AM. The meeting will be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in the Florida Mall, 1500 Sand Lake, FL 32809.

BSF members are welcome to attend the meeting. If you wish to bring up an item for discussion or if you wish to speak at the Board meeting, please notify me at no later than December 9, 2016.

Mike Knowlton

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Brevard 3rd Annual Multi-club Picnic Luncheon / Auction


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President’s Message – November

I think it’s autumn, some days are feeling like it but some aren’t. Sorry about the cancellation of last months program, the hurricane wasn’t being very cooperative and we were lucky it wasn’t worse. I will try to get Juan Andrade for later in the year either for the club or for a program at my place, promise.
The meeting for this month will be a “All About Soil” Powerpoint presentation with many different examples of the various aggregates covered in the program. The one thing we might need is a projector and the cables to attach to a macbook. I can do the program without the powerpoint but its always fun to push buttons and have pictures to look at. If you have one we can borrow, send me an email. Thanks!
We have the Multi-club auction/picnic this month on the 5th, our part in the event is to take care of the silent auction. Last year we made a little over a hundred dollars for the club, so if you have some stuff to auction, think about bringing it. Also, bring a side dish or dessert. The Brevard club will be suppliying hot dogs and hamburgers, water and soda.
If you’d like to take a trip, the Ft Myers club has their annual show the weekend of the 5-6th, its not that long a drive…..
See you all soon!

by Adam Lavigne
MEETING DATE November 11, 2016
Meeting 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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Jim Smith Memorial – November 19

This is your invitation to become a part of a tribute to James J. Smith and his contributions to bonsai.

The 2016 Heathcote Botanical Gardens annual Fall Festival (November 19-20th) will be dedicated to the life work of bonsai master James Joseph Smith. Mr. Smith passed away June 29, 2016, but his influence in the bonsai community will live on for generations. Mr. Smith’s sixty-year commitment to the art has spread like the canopy of a massive banyan tree across Florida and the wider world. Today, more than 100 bonsai from Mr. Smith’s private collection reside in the James J. Smith Bonsai Garden in Fort Pierce, Florida, the largest public tropical collection in the United States. Heathcote is offering both an opportunity to say, “Thank you, Jim” and to catch a glimpse into Mr. Smith’s private world, known only to his family and closest friends. On display will be his bonsai, pottery, photography, and the wooden model ships he built so painstakingly.

As a student/friend/bonsai artist you are invited to display a bonsai (or several) with direct connections to Mr. Smith – either because he inspired it, worked on it, or grew the original material. There will be two types of displays:

Live bonsai will be arranged on 4’ x 8’ tables throughout the Heathcote property. Each artist will be allocated space as needed. If you have ANY available photos showing Mr. Smith working on your tree, these would be especially appreciated. All tables will be covered with simple grass mats; however, individuals who bring their own display materials will be accommodated. Trees should arrive at Heathcote on Friday no later than seven o’clock p.m. for placement. A one-page synopsis (basically the Who, What, When, etc.) should be included, see attachments A and B. We will laminate these photos and the synopsis for inclusion with your display.

Photographs of bonsai on easels. The photos will be printed as large as possible and displayed on easels throughout the garden. These entries should be digitally sent to Belinda Kehoe at All digital photos should be at least 8” x 10” at 200 dpi. Larger is better to ensure high-quality reproduction. After printing, posters will be made and for the event will be arranged around the garden. Please provide as much cutline information as possible, including the tree’s species, style, history, and connection to Mr. Smith (see attached form A). If you provide contact information, I will speak with you personally in preparing these cutlines.
Ownership will be attributed to all displays unless privacy is requested. Heathcote will be providing added security for this event. All trees will be watered daily unless the owner specifies differently.

Mr. Smith’s garden and pavilion are reserved for only his work during this event. For those who have known “Jim” many years, some surprises still await. Smith’s surviving sons are allowing a one-time display of Jim’s magnificent sailing ships and examples of photography.

The pavilion will also house a collection of one-of-a-kind bonsai pots created by Mr. Smith during the 1970s and 80s. A Registry is currently being created (see attachment). Anyone willing to display a JJS pot should speak with Belinda via email or phone to make arrangements.

Please contact Belinda AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you can participate. Feel free to share this announcement with all your bonsai friends. Mr. Smith generously shared his knowledge, painstakingly accumulated during bonsai’s infancy here in our area. His Sundays Under The Oaks seminars were legendary, where masters and novices gathered to learn, share and discuss the art of bonsai. This event is our moment to demonstrate the importance of James Smith’s legacy. We all owe him more than we could ever repay. We look forward to hearing from you.

Save the date: November 19-20th

Belinda Kehoe, Coordinator

James J. Smith Memorial


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CFBC October 7th Meeting Cancelled

I am sorry to announce that the October meeting this Friday (October 7) will be cancelled due to hurricane Matthew coming up the Florida East Coast. Juan Andrade was the scheduled guest artist and since he’s currently residing in West Palm Beach it was decided that he would be safer hunkering down at his home with his fiancé Bea than driving up here.
We will be rescheduling and I promise you all will be the second to know when he will return.
Thanks and be safe!

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