September Field Trip Planned for Kawa

Our September meeting for Kawa will be a field trip to Shady Grove Preserve in Ocala Florida. We are meeting on Saturday September 19, 2015 9:30 am at the grove. If you would like to carpool please let me know and we can do a few cars from Palm Coast and another from Central Florida. Members and non-members are welcome for this fun day at this beautiful place for a tour of the ancient trees and a shopping spree at her wood shop for all kinds of hardwoods for stand making and other projects. Mike Rogers told me her selection is beautiful. Anyone interested please email me for a head count.

Here is the address for the site Shady Grove Preserve, 12246 SW Hwy 40, Ocala Florida phone number for the preserve is 352-207-6520 we have to arrive at 9:30 AM to start so please allow yourself time so we are not late. Palm Coast and area members can meet at the Walmart if you like to carpool or follow each other.


October we are planning on attending the Multi-club picnic on October 31, 2015 at F. Burton Smith Park 7575 Hwy 520  I have attached the flyer to this page for information. We can again carpool as a group. The event is fun and there will be many club functions along with a huge picnic. We must all bring a pot luck dish and a drink. Workshops and other bonsai fun is planned. We attended two years ago and the event was great. There is a huge area and large fans so it really is cool and we will remain dry should it rain. Please confirm your attendance and if you want to carpool i need a head count so we can put the travel plans together. I also need to know what your are going to bring for pot luck. Please click on the link below for the events of the day.

Bonsai Picnic 2015

November is going to be a very special month Kawa will be hosting Robert Malher for a Juniper workshop and demo. Robert is going to bring a selection of beautiful junipers imported from Japan. Shohin size trees with huge bases and driftwood for this workshop. There are two trees left for this workshop and I will post their pictures below. The trees are selling for $250 and the workshop if you attend is $30 they are spectatular trees and this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on beautiful trees imported with so much deadwood. Robert is trained in Japan and specializes in shohin material and has presented several times at our Joy of Bonsai events. He is always welcomed back to Kawa for such fun events. These fill up fast so make sure you contact me if you are interested in attending. The Demo is on Friday night Nov. 20, 2015 and the workshop is Saturday Nov. 21, 2015 the time is 10 AM  and will run until we are finished with our trees. There will be 12 trees for sale here are pictures of the last two trees. Please email me to reserve your tree.

SHO_8052Bonsai A posterior 8.2015Bonsai K posterior 8.2015Bonsai K 8.2015Bonsai A 8.2015The pictures show the two trees front and back of each. Please email me if you are interested in any of these. We are so excited to bring Robert back to Kawa for this workshop. We supply the copper wire for the workshop so all you need to bring are tools and a turntable for this class.

December is our Christmas Party and I will post the date and times as we get closer.

January is our Joy of Bonsai event and those dates are January 15, 16 and 17, 2016 our information will be posted in late September. We have a great surprise for this years attendees.

I just wanted to share a couple pictures of Peggy’s and Jane’s Buttonwoods after Mike Lebanik’s workshop in August. We had a great time and created many beautiful trees! The workshop was sold out and we has so much fun with Mike. Can’t wait to have him again.

Buttonwood Bonsai 8-2015 001Buttonwood Bonsai 8-2015 005

Thanks Peggy for sending these pictures and sharing your beautiful work and the great view of the Intra Coastal!





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Kawa Member’s Trees accepted to The Artisans Cup

Kawa Bonsai Society is very proud to congratulate our members for having their trees accepted to the Artisan’s Cup in Portland Oregon in September. What an honor to have trees accepted to this very prestigious show, even better the Florida trees accepted to the Artisans are all members of Kawa Bonsai Society! We take pride in our members and their accomplishments in the art of bonsai and wish them well on their trip to Portland . All of the trees are owned by artists that have given programs to Kawa and have been a big part in bringing the Joy of Bonsai to the public. Good luck in Portland and know we are proud of you!

Mike Lebanik – Jaboticaba

Mike Feduccia – Buttonwood

Paul Pikel – Buttonwood

Louise Leister – Japanese Black Pine

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Special August Workshop with Mike Labanik & Buttonwoods!

Kawa is very lucky to welcome Mike Labanik as our headliner for August! Mike will be conducting a workshop on Buttonwoods collected by Mary Madison in 2014. Mike was able to get to Mary’s last year and get first pick of her newly collected buttonwoods. Mike purchased them and kept them for over a year working  on these trees to make sure they were great material for such a workshop he spent months cutting them back , fertilizing and caring for these trees for this workshop. These are the cream of the crop for 2014 so they are more then ready and will make fantastic trees . Mike The meeting will start at 6 PM which is an hour earlier then out normal meeting time so we all have time to finish and make sure Mike is happy with all of your trees. These trees are ready to be repotted also so those attending the meeting can bring pots for they trees. I only have a few spots open for those wanting to attend. Kawa members have been waiting for this meeting for one year and most of the spots are sold out, but I do have three trees left for anyone else wanting to attend. The fee for this workshop is $125 for members and $150 for non members. Please call me if you want a spot or send me an email reserving your spot. At this time I have opened the workshop up for non members so anyone many apply. I have a few samples of the trees posted along with Mike’s bio.


Michael was first introduced to bonsai during an elementary school field trip to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA. He was completely captivated and fascinated by the small trees in pots. He was absolutely hooked. Soon after that field trip his aunt and uncle purchased for him a juniper, and the hobby continued for over the years.

In 2008, Michael went with his wife and parents to Epcot to see the International Flower and Garden Festival. The same fascination that hit him when he was a child had struck again when they reached the Japan Pavilion. The trees in the show were amazing. It was at that point that Michael knew that he wanted to give bonsai another try, and his passion for bonsai had been renewed. Immediately after that show Michael began to research everything that he could about the art of bonsai and the Bonsai Societies of Florida (BSF).

Since that visit to Epcot, Michael has joined two bonsai clubs. He is a member of the Kawa Bonsai Society and the Central Florida Bonsai Club. Through each of these clubs he has had the opportunity to meet great people and learn about the art of bonsai. He has been very fortunate to work and study with highly acclaimed artists over the years such as Peter Warren, Suthin Sukosolvisit, Ryan Neil, Sean Smith, Robert Mahler, Guy Guidry, Mary Madison, Michael Feduccia, Louise Leister, and Mike Rogers. It is because of these artists, teachers, and mentors that he has a very diversified background, and a strong knowledge base in the art of bonsai. Michael is proficient in pines, junipers, azaleas, maples, and many tropical species of bonsai.

Michael has won several awards at the Bonsai Societies of Florida annual state convention, and at the Kawa Bonsai Society’s annual Joy of Bonsai show. In addition, Michael won 2nd place in the 2014 BSF Scholarship competition during the state convention. He chose to use his scholarship prize to continue his intensive studies with Peter Warren. Michael has also had the honor of having trees selected to be displayed at the Japan Pavilion during the 2014 and 2015 International Flower and Garden Festival. This was especially important to him because he was the first Disney Cast Member to have a tree selected for the show.


The meeting time is 6 PM

Meeting Date is August 21, 2015

I hope to see you at this very special event. Mike is recently back from four days studying with Suthin and have a lot of new information to share. All bonsai friends are welcome. Observers are welcome o email me to confirm you attendance.


These are the last four trees left if you would like to reserve one of them let me know. These trees picture below will be your trees.





Only two left!

I know all who attend this workshop will go home with some of the most beautiful buttonwoods in Florida. Remember if you want to bring soil and pots Mike will help you repot also as part of this workshop.


I look forward to seeing everyone in August.

my email address for reservations is mysecretbonsai@me,com


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July Meeting is a Member Workshop

The July meeting is a combined meeting and member workshop. Mike Rogers will be helping members with their trees at this meeting. Each member is encouraged to bring one or two trees to ask for advice from Mike. Whether it’s styling, pot selection, changing angles or what ever you need help with the July meeting is the place. The meeting will start at 7 PM with a short business meeting followed by refreshments and then a workshop where each member can ask Mike for his advice. The July meeting is a relaxed event to just mingle, talk about bonsai and work on your trees.

Louise will be there to ask advice for the 2016 Joy of Bonsai if anyone needs help planning their exhibit or picking a tree to display. If you like bring your items that you would like to display and we can help put things together. Remember now is the time to start planning and getting your trees ready and in shape for the exhibit .

Please bring a show and tell tree to this meeting so we can talk about your trees and just plan have a good bonsai night.

Don’t forget Mike Lebanik is our August speaker and the Buttonwood Workshop. If you don’t have a tree I have three left should you want to get in on this workshop. I will be posting all the information after the July meeting. Mike just returned from a very successful Gold Coast meeting where he did a Buttonwood demo for the club. The demo was great and Ed Trout bought the demo tree. The tree turned out beautiful! Mike just returned from studying for four days with Suthin, so don’t miss out on all he learned from his time in Boston. Contact me at to be part of this workshop. The fee is $125 .

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Tropical Repotting with Mike Rogers

June meeting will be a session with Mike Rogers on repotting Tropicals. Each member is to bring one tree to be repotted along with their pots, soil, and anything else they may need. Mike will discuss repotting tropical trees, soil types for those trees and demo how it is done on a beautiful tropical tree. He will also discuss pots for trees and what you look for in marring trees to pots. After the demo and lecture we will allow each member to repot a tree with Mike’s help. Only one tree per member for repotting, but you may bring others to ask Mike’s advise for pots and potting questions.

Each member should bring a show ready tree for show and tell to present to the membership. Bringing trees for show and tell is a great way to look at your trees as they progress. I look forward to seeing everyone at the June 19, 2015 Meeting starting time is 7 PM.


Asking questions

Mike Rogers repotting a tree from a workshop last year. 

At this meeting we will announce the August meeting with Mike Lebanic and allow members to pick their trees as I will have pictures of each tree. This is a special Buttonwood Workshop with Mike and you must sign up for the class and put a deposit on your trees. The trees are from Mary Madison from last years collection and were the pick of the crop Mike was there when they were collected and was allowed to have first pick for us. Mike has kept the trees for one year growing branches and fertilizing them, pruning them and getting them ready for this workshop. Mike says these trees are also ready for repotting into bonsai containers so bring a few pots to pick from your your selection and we can repot them as well.  Don’t miss out on this workshop you will be sorry. The meeting date is August 21, 2015 at 6 PM an earlier starting time then our regular meeting times. This is to give us extra time to complete the workshop. The fee is $125.00 for the workshop and there are 12 trees to pick from. I have three spots sold already so make sure you pick and reserve your tree and spot in the worksop. After this meeting I will open up the workshop to the general public so make sure you get there  first to pick your tree this month.


See everyone at the June meeting.



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