The Multi-club Picnic has been postponed!!!!

The Multi-Club picnic/auction originally planned for this coming weekend has been postponed (date to be determined). Unfortunately, F. Burton Smith Park on 520 is still flooded in parts due to the high water levels after the hurricanes and wet summer. Although the pavilion is open, the parking lots are flooded and many of the streets have standing water.
Stay tuned and another date will be set.
We apologize for any inconvenience but we want to continue our tradition of FUN in a beautiful location. Not a wet, sloppy mess!
Barb Hiser, Bonsai Society of Brevard 

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This weekends Workshop

The CFBC is getting back on schedule with our second meeting/workshop of the month this Sunday, September 24th, from 10-3 or so. This month’s roving workshop will take place at Agresta Gardens, our very own Ben Agresta’s place. Ben has been amassing what is going to be one of the most impressive private bonsai collections in the state. His trees have pedigrees from everyone like Ed Trout, Erik Wigert, Ronn Miller, and many more. It’s truly breathtaking and Ben will be giving a tour. 
Please rsvp me ( or go to the Facebook event page and confirm your attendance. Ben is graciously providing BBQ. Bring a side dish and your drink of choice, it’s a bonsai party! 

The workshop will have a beginners theme but all levels of experience are welcome. 

See you all on Sunday the 24th! 
Adam, Prez

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Mary Madison Fieldtrip

I am sorry to announce that our upcoming field trip to Mary Madison’s Nursery (which was Sunday September 17th) has been cancelled due to hurricane cleanup at her place. 

Mary and our Corresponding Secretary, Paul

I spoke with her today and she was in good spirits, no injuries, but she doesn’t have power yet.  She lives in Lake Placid, Fl, which is east of Sebring on US 27. If you’ve been following the path of the storm, that put her right on the dirty side of Irma. She had some fallen limbs but was able to house the best bonsai in her home. All those old Japanese pots are safe as well. 

Mary’s tree in Washington DC at the national Arboretum

We offered her help in the clean up but, as I suspected she might do, she told me that it wasn’t that bad and to take care of our own families and trees. She’s a tough lady, last of  her kind. 

As for the storm’s aftermath, I am extending my hand in help to any club member that may need some manual labor or chainsaw work. I’m sure that I can rustle up some other club members with less damage who can spare a few hours to help out a fellow CFBC member. Don’t hesitate to ask, that’s what we are here for. You are not alone. (

We will reschedule the trip to Mary’s as soon as she is ready, she loves it when clubs come down to see her. 

Stay safe and we will see you soon,

Adam, Prez

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Hurricane Irma

Due to the imminent hurricane bearing down on Florida, it has been decided that it’s best, and probably even mandatory, that we postpone our meeting scheduled for Sunday, September 10, at the American Bonsai Tools facility. 

It may seem premature to cancel on now on Tuesday, but a careful watching of the news will put the state, no matter the path, into tropical storm or hurricane conditions by Saturday and Sunday. 

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My advice, beyond your regular hurricane preparedness, and for your trees, is to put out as many water collection vessels you can to collect rain water have for your trees. It is true that the water companies have generators and the water may still work, but a big tree could get uprooted, destroying a water main close by, and you could be without water for several days or a week. Or, worse, if you’re on well water, and there’s no power, you have no pumping capabilities. 

Placing all your trees on the ground, out of the wind, is a good idea, or in your garage or even your house. Pay attention to which way the wind may blow and watch out for overhanging branches that could fall on your them. 

But, please, your trees are not as important as you. Stay inside, wait out the storm. Be safe. 

We will reschedule the Welcome Back meeting, maybe for the 4th Saturday date, but all that depends on the outcome of the storm. 

Good luck!  

Adam, Prez.

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