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President's Message

by Paul Pikel

MEETING DATE May 13, 2016
Meeting 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Well, it is finally here, the Bonsai Societies of Florida state convention that CFBC is co-hosting begins May 27th.  There is so much to do before then but what an exciting time for our club.  Last year it was touch and go whether to even attempt to participate as a host for the convention but though the persistence and insistence from Sandy and Adam, the CFBC accepted the challenge.  Now fast forward 12 months and here we are about to do what our club has not done for 14 years.  Way to go you guys, this is a big deal!!

So in order to get our last minutes assignments and details worked out the May business meeting on May 13th will be dedicated to the BSF Convention.  However don't worry we are still going to talk about trees (native trees at that!) and our upcoming club elections too.  One of the important events within our bylaws is the election of a board of officers during our May meeting.  Right now we have more positions open than volunteers to fill them.  

Sandy and Stephen will be taking a well deserved break from the board and I will be stepping down as president.  In the interim a few members will be taking on multiple positions to keep the club running.  More details, along with a slate of nominees will be presented during the May meeting.  If you have any desire to help out with the CFBC board please speak with any board member or David Velez, the nominating committee chairman.  

In order to still have fun at the May meeting we will be having Bobby Block present a program on Florida native trees, so please bring in some native trees that you have worked on this year so we can see what you have.  It should certainly make for a fun evening!


PRESIDENT - Position opening 
VICE PRESIDENT - Position Opening
TREASURER - David Dean
May Program: Native trees with Bobby Block
There are at least 45 species of trees and shrubs native to Florida that are suitable for bonsai and yet only a handful are ever used by artists in the state. Most people keep trying to emulate masterpieces from other places using nonnative species, missing out on the wonder, beauty, affordability and inspiration of the flora literally all around us. Bobby Block sings the praises of native bonsai species as raw material and discusses a quest for a "Florida style".  
Bobby is a relative newcomer to bonsai, studying and designing (and standing on the shoulders of many friends and teachers) since 2008. In that time, he has exhibited twice at the U.S. National Exhibition and four years at Epcot, winning several state and one national award for his trees. He has travelled to shows throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and Japan, trying figure out what exactly this bonsai addiction is all about. No answer yet, but he's still working (and spending too much money) on it.
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 meetings a month and more. 
May Bonsai Care

Tropicals: These trees are bursting with new growth now and loving the hot weather.  Keep them well fed and watered.  Time to repot and and do some heavy pruning.  Salicaria tend to push new growth now so take advantage of the defoliated trees to wire and shape you trees.

Deciduous: No more repotting or root work.  If your trees are well defined and structured, wait until they fill in completely with their spring foliage before feeding them.  That way the trees will keep their shape.  If you are still adding branches feed them and keep them watered.  You may need to do multiple waterings per day due to the dry weather

Evergreens: Keep them fed and soil moist.  On your pine trees, you are trying to grow the new candles which will be removed in June so get your trees healthy and happy before then.
Let your junipers fill in and wait until late June to wire and make heavy bends. The sap is running and the bark is "loose" and could be damaged easily at this 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


Monthly program and business meeting- May 13, 7:30 pm
at the Orange County Agricultural Extension Office, 6020 S. Conway Rd. Orlando

Snacks and Drinks for May

Beverage volunteer: Volunteer needed
Snacks volunteer: Volunteer needed

MONTH Events

Bonsai Societies of Florida Convention
Florida Mall Hotel
May 27 - May 30


Workshop May, 27 2016
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm - CANCELLED DUE TO CONVENTION


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. 
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