October Program is Winterizing Your Bonsai

Our October meeting is a program winterizing your bonsai. As we get closer to the fall and winter months there are ways to help protect your trees so that the winter months are kind to your bonsai collection. We will be talking about fertilizing for the cooler months, insect protection for the cooler months, pruning before the cooler weather, and basic preping for cooler and colder months. This program will be a hands on workshop for all the members to see what cooler weather does to our trees and why we do certain things to prep our trees before the temps drop. Program presenter is Louise Leister and Mike Rogers. meeting starts at 6 PM.

The club will have a Show N Tell for members where Mike and I will review their trees and help any members with advice on styling or changes they may need on their trees. Please bring a tree for this program.

Along with our regular meeting Kawa will be presenting a small bonsai exhibit at the Flagler County Art League on Saturday night October 8 at 6 PM. Our exhibit will be presented to the group and will consist of a few trees to show the residences of Flagler County what Kawa Bonsai Society is all about. The members of Kawa will mingle with the members of the art league talking about the art of bonsai. Members wishing to help set up the exhibit should arrive at 4 PM for set up and have their trees clean and show ready. The address is 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207c, Palm Coast, FL 32164 This address is in City Walk Plaza. The event ends at 8 PM.

See everyone in October.

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Mike Lebanic is back for another Great Buttonwood Demo & Lecture

I am very happy to announce that Mike Lebanic will be at Kawa for our August meeting to conduct a demonstration on a collected Buttonwood the club bought from Mary Madison in the spring. Mike has kept the tree and nurtured it since then and will explain how to care for it, fertilize it and spray if for insects. The tree will be started as a bonsai at the meeting with the basics of bonsai and will return home with Mike to progress until the spring when Mike will return for part 2 of the program and show us how to nurture it along to phase 2 of it’s life as a bonsai.

We will work on this tree as an ongoing program from start to finish. At the end of it’s journey over a few years I hope to enter it in the National Show as a club tree for all to see the work and the journey of this beautiful tree. We often do a demo and sell the tree and we never see it again, this tree will be part of our history and hopefully become a part of the Florida history of a great native species collected by our our Mary Madison and brought along by a new young bonsai artist and member of our club. Please join me in this history making meeting to start the process along to the journey of a buttonwood.

Mike is the 2016 BSF Scholarship winner and a member of Kawa Bonsai Society. He has won many awards for his beautiful bonsai at the Joy of Bonsai and many BSF Conventions. He has also exhibited trees at the Artisan’s Cup, the Epcot Flower Festival and the National Exhibit in Rochester. Mike is a student of Peter Warren from the United Kingdom a Japanese taught student of Kunio Kobayashi and Suthin Sukosolvisit of the Royal Bonsai Garden. We are proud to have Mike as a member of Kawa and welcome him back for another program and our latest project” The Journey of a Buttonwood” .

The meeting starts at 6 PM August 19, 2016 at our new location please arrive on time we have a full plate for the evening. Please bring a tree for show and tell for Mike to review before the meeting starts.

1410 Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32137 at the Watson Reality Office.

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Sean Smith for the Kawa Meeting and Two Workshops!!!

Sean Smith is coming to Kawa for The July Workshop and Meeting! Date Change so Take note!
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Our dear friend Sean Smith is coming to Florida for a two special Workshops and a demo on July 22, 2016 and July 23, 2016 so please note the meeting night change to accommodate Sean’s travel plans. Our meeting will be on Friday night July 22, 2016 at 6 PM and our workshop will be at a special location on Saturday July 23, 2016 starting at 9 AM at Jason Schley’s nursery in Deland. We will be in an air condition room where we can work for both workshops. Please bring a tree for Show and Tell as Sean will review them all during  the meeting. Remember clean trees to present to our speaker is important.
Workshop number 1. at 9 AM is a Wood Hut for display the cost of the workshop is $40 per person and it will run form 9 AM until 12 Noon. You will need safety glasses, a Dremel Tool and the two bits pictures at the bottom of the post for this workshop. This workshop is limited in size so register early by sending me an email at mysecretbonsai@me.com
Workshop number 2 is a Bring Your Own Tree and will start at 1:30 PM after lunch and will also be in the air condition room and will be a limited workshop as well so register early. Sean has recently be working with Bjorn so this should be a fun worksop and all species are open. If you need a tree I am sure you could fine something at Jason’s nursery for this workshop. He is offering special prices for the day. again email me with your registration info to secure a spot.
This will be our first workshop since leaving the Extension office so I am excited to have the spot to work with and still be cool with the summer heat. A box lunch is fun if you want to sit under the beautiful oaks at Jason’s or you can pick something up along the way, but be sure to have lunch so you have enough time should you decide to spend the day. This is a very special chance to work with Sean who always has the most fun along with knowledge in his classes. A 15% discount is offered by Jason for those attending the workshop. All supplies for potting, tools, wire, and trees at available. This is a good time to stock up on supplies. Make sure you support the club and attend our special workshops.

Address for the Friday night meeting is : 1410 Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32137 at the Watson Reality Office.

Address for the workshops : Schley’s Bonsai Nursery , 2745 Audubon Ave. Deland Florida 32720

Workshop 1 = 9 AM to Noon

Workshop 2 = 1:30 PM until complete.

 

So excited to see everyone! Call me or email me with questions.

Louise

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Sean Smith is coming to Kawa for The July Workshop and Meeting! Date Change so Take note!

Our dear friend Sean Smith is coming to Florida for a two special Workshops and a demo on July 22, 2016 and July 23, 2016 so please note the meeting night change to accommodate Sean’s travel plans. Our meeting will be on Friday night July 22, 2016 at 6 PM and our workshop will be at a special location on Saturday July 23, 2016 starting at 9 AM at Jason Schley’s nursery in Deland. We will be in an air condition room where we can work for both workshops.

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Workshop number 1. at 9 AM is a Wood Hut for display the cost of the workshop is $40 per person and it will run form 9 AM until 12 Noon. This workshop is limited in size so register early by sending me an email at mysecretbonsai@me.com

Workshop number 2 is a Bring Your Own Tree and will start at 1:30 PM after lunch and will also be in the air condition room and will be a limited workshop as well so register early. Sean has recently be working with Bjorn so this should be a fun worksop and all species are open. If you need a tree I am sure you could fine something at Jason’s nursery for this workshop. He is offering special prices for the day. again email me with your registration info to secure a spot.

This will be our first workshop since leaving the Extension office so I am excited to have the spot to work with and still be cool with the summer heat. A box lunch is fun if you want to sit under the beautiful oaks at Jason’s or you can pick something up along the way, but be sure to have lunch so you have enough time should you decide to spend the day. This is a very special chance to work with Sean who always has the most fun along with knowledge in his classes. Make sure you support the club and attend our special workshops.

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Mike Lebanic Will be our Guest Speaker for our May Program Speaking About Soils and Fertilizer

IMG_2717Mike Lebanic will be our Guest Speaker for our May Meeting he will be presenting a program on Soils, Fertilizers and Their Relationship to Bonsai. Mike will also present a part of the program covering Azaleas and how to care for them in Florida. Mike has been studying with Peter Warren and Suthin for the past few years and will bring us the cutting edge information on soils and fertilizer for bonsai. There is so much misinformation on both and we wanted to set our club members straight on what works for us in Florida. The section on Azaleas is because of the information Peter has passed on to Mike over the years. Florida should have a very nice collection of Azaleas as bonsai but so much wrong information is out there we wanted to bring this important info to Florida. Peter Warren studied under Kobayashi in Japan for many years and his knowledge has been shared with Mike and we are so excited to have the program presented to us. Each member can bring one plant and or their soil to ask question on. Please bring a note pad and pencil to take notes there is a lot of information for you to take in, far too much to retain without paper and pen. The meeting will start at 6 PM again to make sure we get everything finished and all questions asked and answered. Looking forward to seeing everyone in May. Please confirm your attendance.

Meeting night is May 20, 2016 at 6 PM at the Change Jar Book store on Moody Blvd. Flagler Beach, FL

For our June meeting Kawa will have Robert Block presenting a program on Native Species Trees as Bonsai in Florida. This beautiful powerPoint program will help you identify Florida Native species for bonsai and help us start to become a Native Bonsai enthusiasm  in Florida and to promote our own species as bonsai for the future of bonsai. Bobby has be very successful with several Native species of bonsai and put together a great program showing the benefits of each species as it relates to bonsai. I will post program details at a later date. We look forward to have a great attendance for our spring series of seminars at Kawa rather then just workshops.

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Seminar  1 – Was Michael Ryan Bell on Japanese Bonsai Pots April

Seminar 2 – Mike Lebanic Fertilizers and Soil for Bonsai May

Seminar 3 – Robert Block  Native Species for Bonsai in Florida June

Seminar  4- Louise Leister Insect and Disease for Bonsai July

Hope to see everyone at this special series.

Louise

 

 

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