4th Annual Epcot Bonsai Exhibition

Congratulations to all the participants and winners during this year’s 4th Annual Epcot Flower and Garden Bonsai Display.  This has grown into a big event and the quality of trees and number of participants has increased every year.  We filled the venue with so many trees, it was an amazing sight to see.


Best in Show:  Donnie Emenegger – Ilex

Best Small Tree:  Alan Chryst – Chinese Elm

Best Medium Tree: Barbara Hiser – Sea Grape

Best Large Tree: Bill Crabtree – Ficus Retusa

BSF Award:  Gail Porilla – Rosemary

BSF Award:  Diane Lorber – Trident Maple


1st Place: Dustin Mann – Bouganvillea

2nd Place:  Donnie Emenegger – Ilex

3rd Place:  Anthony Morgan – Ficus Water Feature

Also Kudos to Adam Lavigne for doing two Introduction to Bonsai presentations during the event


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EPCOT One-Day Display on May 20

On Saturday, May 20, the Central Florida Bonsai Club will be hosting it’s 4th annual show at EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival in the EPCOT Festival center.  Members will be displaying trees all around the EPCOT center showcasing some of their favorite trees.Members will have one table to display multiples trees.  Trees will be judged and awards will be given to the best trees in the various classes.  If you would like to have a table to display your trees, please fill out the form on our EPCOT One Day Display page and contact Adam, the President.  Hurry because time is running out!
Hope to see the whole club there!

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Cypress Forest Planting Night 1/13/17

2017 Cypress for 1/13/17

Last year, the amazing idea was thought up to make cypress forest plantings and put them on the raffle table at the BSF convention to make money for the club.  Since last year was such a hit and they made a lot of money for the club, it was decided to do cypress night again!  Like last year, we will be creating cypress forests for our club to raffle off at the upcoming BSF/ABS convention.

Adam Lavigne and Rick Jeffery went to a nursery to purchase the cypress trees we need (pictured above). The club is asking that if some of the members have pots or slabs that they think would be good for a forest planting, to please bring them!  (NOTE: Members are not required to bring pots or slabs)  Also, please bring some energy and willingness to learn and participate!  After we create our masterpieces, club members will take the compositions home and baby-sit (keep them wet) until the convention.

The club hopes to see as many club members as possible come on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM!  Also, word on the street is that some very delicious homemade Pumpkin treats made by Diane Lorber will be the snack for the night!  If you missed last year and wanted to get an idea of what the night is like, scroll through the photo album below!

January 2016 Cypress Night

NOTE: Informal Workshop on January 27, 2017

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2016 Holiday Picnic Pictures

Thank you to everyone who came to the Holiday Picnic on December 11, 2016!!  Everybody who came to our annual picnic agreed it was tons of fun!!  At the picnic we enjoyed all of the delicious food that was brought, chose a tree to win the peoples choice award, and bid on lots of great deals in the silent/live auctions as well as our raffles!  Below are pictures taken that summarize our fun holiday picnic event… Enjoy!

CFBC Holiday Picnic 2016

Our next meeting will be January 13, 2017, cypress night! More info to come.  (To look at last years very fun cypress night, click here)
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CFBC Annual Holiday Party Dec. 11

The picnic is December 11, 2016 from 11am-3pm.

We will also have informal workshops on December 9 as well as December 23

This year, we are planning an extra fun holiday party with auctions, raffles, and a club display of trees!  Anyone who brings trees for the club display will be entered into the club’s annual people’s choice award.  The club encourages everyone to bring a tree, no matter what level your tree is!

Holiday picnics are one of the only ways we fundraise for the club throughout the year, so PLEASE bring items to donate; trees, pots, bonsai trinkets, cuttings, books, tools, shirts, etc!  Whatever you think will make the club money!


The club will provide drinks and ham!  We ask you to bring your specialty dish or dessert to share with the club!  (Also rumor has it Diane’s famous pumpkin pie will be there!)

How To Heat a Cooked Ham - Photo: Diana Rattray

Also, the club is in the market (donations are accepted too) for 10 of the same species of trees for a styling competition!  We have had 3 in the past and want to bring it back at this season’s picnic!  If you know someone or are someone who has 10 trees for sale/donate, please contact president@centralfloridabonsaiclub.com.

Hope to see everyone there!

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