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President's Message

by Paul Pikel

MEETING DATE November 13, 2015
Meeting 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

I love it when a plan comes together and those that made it to the October meeting hopefully experienced that same feeling along with me.  We wanted to try something a little different to not only work on trees and learn the process of taking raw stock to a “finished” bonsai but also to open up communications between our members. 

Our club has gone through a lot of changes throughout the years and we have a substantial gap between the more experienced members and those new to the art.  So it was great for me to hear laughter, and great bonsai lessons being discussed between all levels of the club.  As we come together more, our club skills will grow because the knowledge will be shared more easily.  It will be easier for newer members to approach the members that have been around for a while and that’s when everyone's skill level improve.

Keeping this lesson in mind, we are looking towards November.  There are a lot of members looking for guidance in developing their bonsai, especially as we get closer to dormancy and the time for heavy pruning on many of our trees.  However, some members are still lacking the skills to implement that suggested guidance, so they may not feel comfortable executing the changes to their tree.  In order to facilitate this guidance, November will be a “Bring Your Own Tree – Critique/Workshop”.  This is a great opportunity for you to bring in a tree that you would like to display at next year’s BSF Convention, Epcot Display, or any other of the CFBC bonsai exhibits.  

The meeting will begin with a short 30 minute "Intro to Wiring" presentation/demonstration by Adam Lavigne.  Wiring is an essential skill required to improve every aspect of your trees design and appearance.  That will be followed by Mike Rogers offering professional critiques and ways to improve the trees for anyone that asks.  To make sure that all members have support, advanced bonsai practitioners will be available to help instruct you how to wire, prune and make any other changes to your tree as discussed during Mike's  critique.  Please note, a few of our members sell bonsai wire, which will be made available at the meeting in case you need supplies to work on your tree.

The initial design phase and hard pruning can be very intimidating to newer, less experienced members but, by opening up this format to help you through it and know you are part of the club and not alone in your journey, it will not only boost your skills, but your confidence as well.  Please plan on joining us as we all work to take the CFBC to higher levels and show what our club is capable of accomplishing.

We are three months into our new year so, if you haven't paid your annual dues, 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! 
MONTH Bonsai Care

Tropicals: You will want to stop any pruning or leaf removal at this point because the tree will need its leaves to stay healthy through the colder months.  Apply a good time release fertilizer to help the tree grow over the Fall and Winter months

Deciduous:  Start planning ahead.  If your tree needs repotting or heavy pruning be sure to have everything you will need for the day when you can perform those tasks.  Look for new pots and acquire fresh soil mix.  Be sure to have plenty of wire on hand for styling and cut paste to help seal up major cuts.  No further fertilizer until Spring

Evergreens:  Your second set of candles should be in and the evergreens should be looking pretty dense and shaggy.  Prepare yourself for repotting to change the pot or soil if needed.  Also in the next month or so it will be time to open those canopies up to let more light in.  No fertilizing until Spring.
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 November

Beverage volunteer:
Snacks volunteer:
We don't have official volunteers but please bring something if you can!


November Events

Meeting November 13, 2015
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hands on "bring your own tree" workshop and crtique.  See President's Message for details

Workshop November 27, 2015
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Open workshop for all to attend.  Bring a tree to work on with experienced bonsai artists

Other Events
Wigert's Annual Open House
N.Ft Myers, Fl
November 7&8 with featured artists Marc Noelanders and Ed Trout

Mt Dora Plant sale, Mt Dora, Fl
November 7&8
Go visit D&L Bonsai Nursery
There will be demos by Mary Miller (of the Bonsai Mary website) and David Cutchin (who was featured in a recent Bonsai Focus article) and more.



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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