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President's Message

By Adam Lavigne

Well, I think it's summer. This month we have a few things coming up, the most important being the Summer Picnic. It will be at the regular meeting place, the Orange County Extension Office, on July 16; setup will begin around 11 am, food around 12:30-1pm. The club will provide the main course, ham as usual, as well as drinks. We ask that you bring your favorite side dish or dessert.

We will be holding a small exhibit of trees, so bring your best, and there will be a People's Choice Award. This year I'll even have a prize and a certificate!

We have some good donations and trees for the raffle and live auction but we still ask that you bring a few donations of your own. In addition to a live auction (which will feature club articles but, if you want to make some money, bring a tree you might want to auction off yourself and the club takes a small cut), we will also have a raffle and a silent auction. This is one of the main sources of revenue for the club so dig deep, I'm sure there's something you can donate.

Speaking of revenue, the ABS/BSF convention did VERY well and the part we played is bringing us in a considerable chunk of change. I don't want to give away too much here but at the picnic I'll give some out, as well as recognize some very hard working people. 

That's all for now, see you on the 16th!

The Prez 


Picnic DATE July 16, 2017
Time   (Set up 11:00 AM) (12:30 PM- 3:30 PM)



This years convention was, to put it conservatively, a huge success. The figure I can quote is that we practically doubled the profits from last year. This means that our club will receive a good chunk of change for the volunteer hours we put in.

I would like to personally thank all the volunteers for there hardwork for not only our club but as the 2nd VP of BSF. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!

 2017-2018  Officers

President: Adam Lavigne
Vice President: Jorge Nazario
Corresponding Secretary: Paul Pikel
Treasurer:  Mark Ceskavich
Recording Secretary:  Gail Parilla
July Bonsai Care

Keep up the fertilizer and the pruning. Repotting should have started last month and should continue with the most tropical trees like buttonwood, bucida and tamarind waiting for consistent 70f nights.

If your deciduous trees are at the ramification stage of development, now might be the time to defoliate, if they are healthy and growing. Fertilization should have taken place last month so hold off on it until the new growth that comes with the June work hardens off.

Depending on how far north or south you are in the state, summer Black pine work is coming up. The middle of the month is a good time to think about it. If you are not sure what you should be doing for the development stage of your tree, ask an expert like Mike Rogers for help. A private session is worth more than you pay for it.
Junipers should be slowing growth and might be ready for some summer wiring and bending. Be very careful that they have slowed down or you could damage the bark if the sap is really flowing.
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Adam Lavigne

Vice President:
Jorge Nazario

Recording Secretary:
Gail Parilla

Corresponding Secretary:
Paul Pikel

Mark Ceskavich


July Meeting
There will not be a meeting on July 14th


Annual Picnic and Auction 

July 16 -  11 am to 3:30 pm
Please bring a side dish and any item to donate to the club for auction or raffle.  Main corse will be provided by CFBC.

at the Orange County Agricultural Extension Office, 6020 S. Conway Rd. Orlando



July, 28  -  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm -

Open to the public.  Bring a tree or come and learn from others as they work on their trees.  The workshops are very informal and interactive.

August Meeting

Annual Carving Workshop
August  11 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

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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