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President's Message

by Adam Lavigne

Ahhhhhhh! It's finally autumn! Cool breezes, crisp nights, frost on the pumpkins and colorful fall foliage.......sorry, not in La Florida. 
This month we have two special events. First, the meeting for this month is again on a special day; instead of the second Friday (as usual) we are meeting on the first Friday of the month, October 7th, with special guest, Juan Andrade, for a bring your own tree workshop (by popular demand).
The second special event is our Annual Pilgrimage to The Queen of the Buttonwoods, Mary Madison, down in Lake Placid, on Sunday, October 16th. Those interested send me an RSVP, so that Mary, as usual, will provide a slight repast for us poor Pilgrims. We will discuss the details at the meeting, pass around a sign up sheet, put together some carpools, and give out the address and directions.
Keep an eye out for an email with some details on the upcoming BSF/ABS convention in May. Mike Knowlton has provided me with an informational sheet and the registration packet. I'll go over the details quickly at the meeting.
We also don't have volunteers for snacks or drinks for the next meeting so, if you think of it, bring something tasty.
See you all soon!


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

Adam Lavigne

Vice President:
Paul Pikel

Recording Secretary:
 Adam Lavigne

Corresponding Secretary:
Paul Pikel

David Dean




Snacks and Drinks for October

Beverages: Paul Pikel


October Events:

October 7th, regular business meeting and special BYOT workshop with Juan Andrade
7;30 pm, Orange County Extension Office

Sunday, October 16th, 11-ish
Field trip to Mary Madison's nursery
Lake Placid
Details at the meeting
October 29th, 10 am
Annual Sho Fu Bonsai Society
 St Andrews Church of Christ
6908 Geneva RD. Sarasota, 34238
November Events:
Saturday, November 5th
Multi Club Auction, F. Burton Smith Park, 
See the Brevard club website for details 
Nov.5- 6 The Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida's Annual show
Details to be released soon!


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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