August Meeting Cancelled September Meeting Update

I am sorry to cancel the August meeting but the building we use is under construction and we had a scheduling conflict with our speaker, so in order to continue the Juniper Series we added a workshop to our September meeting date so the September meeting is September 19 at 7 PM with Mike Labanic and Saturday September 20, 2014 Mike Feduccia will be back for our second Juniper series at 9 AM for the all day workshop. Please confirm the date for Mike Feduccia’s workshop with me so I know those who signed up will be attending the new date.

I will be posting Mike Labanic’s information in a couple days.

The only change is there will be no meeting in August. Have a happy August see you in September.

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July Meeting & Workshop with Mike Feduccia July 25 & 26, 2014

Our July meeting on “Wiring Bonsai” will be a special two day program starting on Friday night July 25, 2014 at 7 PM the program will be a Lecture and Demonstration with Mike Feduccia demonstrating everything you wanted to know about wiring. Saturday July 26 at 9 AM Mike will be conducting an all day Workshop on Wiring. Mike’s Friday night demo will cover wiring techniques and how to basics using (Copper & Aluminum) He will cover beginner & advanced wiring, anchoring, tying down and proper angles, how much is too much and everything you wanted to know about wiring your bonsai. This is a must see demo and lecture for all how do bonsai!

Saturday is the all day workshops starting out with a beginner workshop at 9 AM which most of use need to attend so we can relearn the basics, Mike will be moving to advanced wiring for the afternoon starting at 1 PM. This is a very important class and all the members should be signed up for this workshop. Everyone needs to learn proper wiring and what not to do. Proper wiring is the key to presenting and training a good bonsai. This will be a very informative class. Bring a notebook, and a tree and a willingness to learn. The fee for the all day session is $35.00. Please email me with your reservation so I know who is coming. If you don’t take this class you will be sorry. I look forward to seeing our members at the July Meeting.

We are so lucky to have a professional like Mike as a member and to be able to learn from him. Mike has been a student of Ryan Neal and has presented and worked in the US and Europe as well.

The meeting date was changed to allow us to schedule Mike for this class so please make note it will be the fourth Friday night and not our regular meeting night. I look forward to seeing everyone in July.

Mike working on junipers at Ryan's nursery in Oregon.

Mike working on junipers at Ryan’s nursery in Oregon.

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Tropical Bonsai Repotting For The June Meeting!

Time is really moving along this year, it’s already June and time for the Tropical Bonsai Repotting Workshop & Meeting on June 20, 2014. Mike Rogers and I (Louise Leister) will be doing a workshop on repotting our tropical trees. Each member can bring one tree, soil and a few pots to review for possibilities for those wishing to change containers. I would suggest some sphagnum moss for top dressing as well. Kawa has wire for tie downs and screens. The first part of the evening will bring a general meeting, short lecture on repotting, and a brake for refreshments and afterwards the workshop for those wishing to repot one of their trees.

The June evening starts at 7 PM with a special moving sale offered by Tom Zane Kawa’s founding member. Tom is moving on to Utah with Sena and is selling a lot of his collection. He will be offering trees, books, stands and a few pots & other bonsai related times. Don’t miss out on picking up some great material from a special bonsai person. Tom will take cash or checks for the sale. Please come and join us for this special evening. After the sale the meeting will start. I hope to see everyone on June 20!

I wanted to give everyone an update on our summer meetings so you can make plans as we have a few date changes to allow scheduling for a few special events. First our July meeting has a date change we are meeting on Friday July 25 at 7 PM for a wire program by Mike Feduccia. Mike will explain the fundaments of wire and explain why we wire and how to wire. Saturday July 26 at 9 AM  we will have an beginners wire class with Mike. This class will run for 9 AM until 12 Noon. Be prepared to work! After lunch Mike will also have an advanced wire class for those wishing to advance their skills in wiring. The advanced class will be working with copper and Mike will treach techniques for those with experience. Each class will be available with preregistration to members and our friends in the bonsai world The class fee is $50.00 per session. Wiring is the most important aspect of bonsai and this class is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best we have in the country. Don’t miss this class. Limited seating so email me as soon as you can to reserve your spot.

August brings another special meeting for us it will be part 2 of the Juniper series with Mike Feduccia. Friday night for the general meeting August 22 at 7 PM Mike will give us an advanced juniper lecture with a demo on techniques he will be teaching us on Saturday. Saturday August 23 at 10 AM we will have our second in the juniper series all day workshop offered by Mike. This class has limited seating and is offered to those wishing to advance their skills on Junipers. This session should have participants returning with the same trees they brought in March. The second summer series of care will bring these trees along to the next level and by Joy of Bonsai in January they should be ready for the exhibit. The third class will be offered in the fall at our  October 17 & 18, 2014 meeting. Sign up early we have very limited seating for this class and it is offered to those who attended the March class first and then afterwards it will be open to others. The fee is $75.00 for the all day class.

We are very excited with the summer schedule so far and I hope the rest of you will take the opertunity  to join us for the schedule. I am working on September right now but don’t have confirmation yet with our speaker. I will post it as soon as I completed the details. See you all soon.


Best in Show owned by Mike Rogers a Bucida spines

Best in Show owned by Mike Rogers a Bucida spines

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May Meeting A Program on Insect & Disease

May is the time of year to really start to review your trees and make sure your insect and disease management programs are in place. Our May meeting will be an in-depth program on insects and diseases that may be a problem for your bonsai. We will have a Powerpoint Program and a workshop on what to spray and when to spray so as to keep your trees happy and healthy all year. The program will cover both safer non toxic treatments, chemical treatments, proactive protection and reactive treatments. The program will give you a monthly calendar of what insects and diseases you should be looking for and how to prevent and treat should you have them in your garden. We will also cover Key Pests for Key Plants and teach you how to scout for problems on your trees. Don’t miss this class on a very important subject for all bonsai artists and growers of bonsai.

We will have items for sale so you can purchase some of the items we are covering for this class. This is one of the most important topics in bonsai health. The class will have handouts on the insects and diseases we areSHO_8962 covering, a calendar to keep track of your spray schedule and a list of chemicals and treatments for each insect and disease we highlight. I will also have a microscope for us to see some of the common insects in our garden.

This class will be taught by Louise Leister on our regular meeting night May 16, 2014 ay 7 PM at the Flagler County Extension Office at 150 Sawgrass Road in Bunnell, Florida. I hope to see you all there.


Please bring a show and tell bonsai for display. We will also help anyone exhibiting trees at the BSF Convention fine tune their display during the normal show and tell times.

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April Meeting Brings Peter Tea to Kawa for a Very Special Visit!!!

I have some very exciting news! Kawa is hosting Peter Tea for our April meeting. Peter is from California  and studied bonsai under Boon Manakitivitpart of Bonsai Boon since 2007. Peter completed Boon’s four year  intensive training and is a member of Bay Island Bonsai. After completing his training with Boon, Peter decided to become a full time bonsai artist and open up a bonsai nursery called Peter Tea Bonsai in California.

Peter didn’t stop there he wanted to advance his training in Japan and started looking for a Japanese Master to learn from as a full time apprentice. Peter was accepted for training to advance his career with Mr. Junichiro Tanaka san from Aichien Bonsai Garden in Japan where he completed a five year program in two years. I have attached some of Peter’s work while in Japan for your review. Peter has been traveling to private clients and working at Conventions full time since his return. His work is very much in demand and has been booked since returning.

We are very excited to bring Peter to Kawa and I am sure we will learn so many things from Peter.  In order to make the most of his time here in Florida we will have our regular meeting on Friday evening April 4, 2014 7 PM where Peter will demo a very nice tree for us and critique our show and tell table. A club workshop will be on Sunday April 6, 2014 starting at 9 AM at the Flagler County Extension Office. The Sunday workshop will be a paid all day workshop for $125.00. If you want a half day with Peter the fee will be $65.00. Peter is a great speaker and has wonderful bonsai information to share with us. We have been trying to get him to travel to Kawa for over a year and this date was all that was open so we jumped on the date in order to bring him to Florida for the first time. Please join me in welcoming Peter with the best show and tell table for him to see and review. Remember the show and tell table means you will bring a tree or a display for Peter as you would to a Joy of Bonsai, clean and presented with pride. Don’t miss a chance to work with Peter on one of your trees on Sunday you will not be disappointed. Don’t waste any time contacting me to reserve a spot in the workshop, they will be limited to 9 members only and they will sell fast.

Our spring schedule is full and exciting for our membership and I hope you enjoy our very talented visitors for the spring session. The May meeting will bring an in-depth disease and insect program for bonsai and will be on our regular meeting night May 16, 2014 7 PM. The speaker for May will be Louise Leister and our handouts for the program will be both informative and something you will keep for years to come as reference material. More to come on the May meeting at a later date.

Please make note of the meeting date change so you don’t miss out on the April meeting!

LouiseSome of Peter's work in JapanPeter teaching a class

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