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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President’s Message

by Adam Lavigne

Ahhhhhhh! It’s finally autumn! Cool breezes, crisp nights, frost on the pumpkins and colorful fall foliage…….sorry, not in La Florida.

This month we have two special events. First, the meeting for this month is again on a special day; instead of the second Friday (as usual) we are meeting on the first Friday of the month, October 7th (7:30pm), with special guest, Juan Andrade, for a bring your own tree workshop (by popular demand).

The second special event is our Annual Pilgrimage to The Queen of the Buttonwoods, Mary Madison, down in Lake Placid, on Sunday, October 16th. Those interested send me an RSVP, so that Mary, as usual, will provide a slight repast for us poor Pilgrims. We will discuss the details at the meeting, pass around a sign up sheet, put together some carpools, and give out the address and directions.

Keep an eye out for an email with some details on the upcoming BSF/ABS convention in May. Mike Knowlton has provided me with an informational sheet and the registration packet. I’ll go over the details quickly at the meeting.

We also don’t have volunteers for snacks  for the next meeting so, if you think of it, bring something tasty.

See you all soon!

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2017 BSF/ABS Convention


May 25 – 29, 2017

Moving American Bonsai Forward

The Florida Hotel, Orlando Florida

Presented by the American Bonsai Society

And the Bonsai Societies of Florida


Thursday – Joshua Roth New Talent Competition and

BSF Scholarship Competition

Friday – A Day of Demo’s, in fact 14 Demo’s!

Saturday & Sunday – 41 Seminars accommodates all

 instructional levels!


Click HERE  for registration and program information as well as Q & A  for BSF members.


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President’s Message

by Adam Lavigne** September 18th

Meeting 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Welcome, everyone, to the CFBC’s New Year! We have so many exciting programs and events coming up this year, I can hardly wait.

Before I get into that though, I would like to thank last years board, especially Sandy and Paul and the convention team (you da’ man, Rick!) for ensuring our fiscal solvency for the next few years. Your hard work not only brought much needed funds into the coffers (without which we can’t bring interesting programs to the membership) but the friendships and relationships it built has made us a stronger club. And that’s a hard thing to do in todays world of social media, anonymous internet interactions and stagnating in-person contact.Thank you all! I’m not sure I can live up to your examples.

Here’s a sneak peak for the upcoming year: for the September Kick Off meeting, we will be having Argentinian superstar Sergio Luciani in for a demonstration. The meeting is at a special day and time (Sunday, September 18th, 1pm) so make note. The October meeting will have a visit from Juan Andrade, November will be a soil PowerPoint and hands on soil class, December will be a more dynamic Holiday Party with a styling contest and other activities.

The New Year will feature the return of Rick Jeffrey his popular hands on cypress forest workshop, a possible woodworking workshop from Sean Smith (if we can latch onto the tour), a special program by D&L Nursery’s own David Cutchin, our involvement with the Epcot Flower and Garden show and then the combined BSF/ABS convention in May. We have an opportunity with this years convention to earn more money than last year, if I’m reading the numbers correctly.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? But we can’t do it alone. If you scroll down to the list of officers, you will notice that there are only three names where there should be five. If you think you can fulfill some of the duties of any of the officer slots, drop us a line. If you’d like to be on a committee or just help out behind the scenes (drinks or snacks at the meetings even) drop us a line. I am making it a point to answer any and all inquiries as soon as I get them, either by phone call, text message, email, or Facebook message.

Now, who’s ready for the Kick Off?

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Some dates to remember

Coming up on the first August CFBC meeting (8/12,7pm), we will be having our annual carving themed workshop with Mike Rogers and myself with all the carving tools you can imagine. You’ll see the tools of the trade and Mike will be carving members trees. Bring cords, safety glasses, brooms, dustpans and whatever tree you’d like to have questions answered on or deadwood carved.Also coming up is the Brevard Club’s Annual Zoo show at the Brevard Zoo. This year the Brevard Club officers has extended the chance to our members free admittance to the Zoo to see the show. If you’d like this chance, send to me or to Ronn Miller directly the names of those who wish to attend (my e-mail is and Ronn’s is

The regular price of admission is $15. The dates of the show are August 13th and 14th, there will be two demos each day and a children’s program on Saturday. Contact Ronn for full details. 

I would also like to invite whoever would like to contribute, to the next board meeting, which will take place on Sunday afternoon, July 31st at the Gnarly Barley (7432 S. Orange Ave) . Send me an e-mail if you are interested in attending. 

See you soon!

Adam, The Prez  

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