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President's Message

by Paul Pikel

October 23rd
Meeting 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

We had a great turn out at the September kick off meeting for the 2015-2016 CFBC calendar year.  It was awesome to see so many new faces, and some that we haven’t seen for a while.  The meeting had high energy and lots of interaction.  I’m hoping everyone found it interesting and might have learned or been reminded of some good bonsai knowledge.
For the October meeting, we are going to have some changes to our schedule due to the Agriculture Center holding their Master Gardener's event on October 9th.  This made it impossible for the CFBC to hold our meeting on the usual Friday night before because they will be setting up that night.  Therefore, our business meeting and program will be held on October 23rd at 7:30pm instead of the byot workshop. 
The club is participating in the Master Gardeners Plant & Garden Festival on Saturday Oct 10th 9:00am - 4:00pm.  Please come out and join us.  The CFBC will have a 10x10 canopy and will be providing attendees with information about bonsai and our club.  Bring a tree to work on.  If you are planning to come for an hour or for the day, please contact Stephen at so we can get a head count prior to the event.  For more information about the Plant & Garden Festival you can access the official brochure at
For the meeting on October 23rd I have come up with a new idea which I have been thinking about for quite some time.  This meeting will be a hands-on meeting, so please bring your tools so that you will be able to participate.  If you don't have tools, don't worry ,there will be some to share.  The program will consist of several  teams of 5-6 individuals, with an assortment from complete beginners, novices, intermediate, advanced and up to expert bonsai practitioners.  These teams will work on raw stock material to select the tree front, determine the trunk line, select and wire branches and do the final styling of the tree.  At the end the trees will be reviewed and auctioned off to the membership.  This is a "must attend" meeting for anyone that wants to learn bonsai at every level.  Everyone will have the support of their teams to help them make decisions and execute their assigned tasks.  Teams will be chosen that night, so don’t be late!
Also this month the club will be participating in a multi club picnic/auction on October 31st.  More information can be found on the CFBC website and the latest updates will be given at the meeting. 
Temperatures and lighting are changing this time of the year so keep an eye on your trees to be sure they are not drying out or staying too wet.  This time of the year is very critical for trees to start storing their energy for next year as they prepare to go dormant.  Other trees such as tropicals need to remain active and fed well so they continue to grow through the fall and winter months.  


If you didn't pay your dues at the September meeting, annual Dues are Due. Please See our Treasurer Dave to be sure you stay in good standings with the club. Guests are welcome with no obligation to join. Hope to see you there!!
Membership Dues
Individual, $30;
Family, $45;
Student, $15

Membership entitles you to the Bonsai Societies of Florida magazine, Florida Bonsai, published four times a year, as well as our monthly club newsletter, CFBC Clippings, 2 meeting a month and more. 
October Bonsai Care

Tropicals: Continue to feed your tropical trees since the roots need to remain active through the fall and winter months.  Avoid major pruning since the days are getting shorter and the tree will need time to recover.  Pay attention to your watering needs as trees may stay wetter or drier this time of the year.

Deciduous:  Reduce or even stop fertilizing these trees since they are going to be slowing down in the next few months prior to going dormant.  You don't want the trees to waste their energy pushing new growth since they will need that stored energy to push in the Spring.

Evergreens:  No more feeding on pines, as the second set of candles are opening and filling the tree in. 
Over the winter, the old needles will need to be plucked to open up the canopy in order to get light to the lower and interior branches.
Your junipers should start growing again after the brutal heat and rain of the summer. clean out the old, browning, interior foliage and prune longer branches now (No pinching! And always leave green on the branch or it will kill that branch) Be careful with wiring, if the tree is in active growth, it is easier to damage the bark and cambium at that time.
For the latest updates and club information please visit

Paul Pikel

Vice President:
Sandy Racinski

Recording Secretary:
 Stephen Cournoyer

Corresponding Secretary:
Adam Lavigne

David Dean



Snacks and Drinks for October

Beverages volunteer: Paul
Snacks volunteer: none
There will be a sign up sheet at the next meeting
If you wish to volunteer for this meeting, contact Adam at


October Events

October 10, 9AM - 4PM Master Gardeners Plant & Garden Festival - Club Booth

October 17, 1pm- Bald cypress workshop with Adam Lavigne at Artisans Bonsai Nursery in Tampa. Free event, just bring your own trees, wire etc. Details at (800)-438-9614


October 17 and 18, 9-5 both days - The Bonsai Society of SW Florida Annual show, Ft. Myers. For details go to


Oct 23 7:30pm - 10:00pm - Three Ring Circus Hybrid Meeting - Hands on Bonsai lessons for everyone 


Multi Club Auction
October 31st see the Brevard club website for details 


Wigert’s Open House on November 7-8 featuring Marc Neolander from Belguim, organizer of the famous Neolander's Cup and world renowned bonsai artist. Free Admission and demonstrations, free lunch on both days, workshops, styling competition, raffles etc.
Info at

CFBC Purpose:  To study the horticultural development of trees and shrubs as related to oriental bonsai, their origin and their place in our world, and to share ideas, thoughts and knowledge with those interested in learning the art of bonsai, to the mutual benefit of all.

About CFBC: The Central Florida Bonsai Club (CFBC) was founded in July of 1969 and is a member of the Bonsai Societies of Florida (BSF) and Bonsai Clubs International (BCI). Meetings are on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 7:30 PM at the Orange County Cooperative Extension, 6021 S. Conway Rd., Orlando. Doors open at 7:00 pm for setup, display, social time and Bonsai discussion. 
CFBC Members Michael Lebanik and Paul Pikel represented the Central Florida Club and were 2 of the 4 trees selected from the state of Florida to display their trees at the inaugural Artisans Cup in Portland Oregon
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