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

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.

I look forward to seeing everybody in July. IMG_4630


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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.


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.




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Michael Ryan Bell is our April Speaker

April 15, 2016 is going to be an exciting month with a visit from Michael Ryan Bell and a great Power Point on Japanese and Chinese Bonsai Pots. Michael has a great Blog featuring bonsai pots along with an almost complete listing of all the chops and signatures on pots. Such a great site. Please join us for a very informative night with Michael. We will have a raffle along with a great night bonsai pot information. His website info is as you will find his bio and so much more on this site so please take a look before the meeting so you can ask questions based on the information you read on his site. The more you know before the meeting the better you will enjoy the program. The meeting will start at a new time 6 PM so we can spend time with Michael and have time for questions and answers after the program. Each member can bring a couple pots for Michael to ID and get information on the makers and country of origin. Only two per member please. Our address again is Moody Build. Flagler Beach at the Change Jar Book store.

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Saturday Kawa is planing a field trip to Schley’s Open House to listen again to Michael Ryan Bell’s second program and to watch Mike Rogers demo. Jason has invited us to enjoy his open house and is offering club discounts for those attending. This is going to be a fine outing for the club so lets show our support and make a trip to Deland for the day to enjoy bonsai education and fun. Please confirm via email if you plan on attending the events of Friday and Saturday. The address for Schleys is 2745 Audubon Ave. Deland, FL.  Admission is free and there is also free craft beer and food. Hope to see everyone there. Check out the website for complete listings of workshops and sales.

See everyone on April 15, 2016


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March Meeting

March brings beautiful weather for our bonsai and a lot of chores as will that need to be completed before it gets too hot. March meeting will highlight care of some of our bonsai like Black Pines, Juniper and several other cool weather species. We will help members repot any Black Pines or Junipers they feel they need help with. Members must bring bonsai soil, pots, wire and any other things they might need for the repotting of their trees. Mike Rogers and Louise Leister will assist in the repotting process. We will also discuss after care for those trees and fertilizer for these trees as well. The meeting will start at 7 PM and will be at our new location which is at the Change Jar Book Store in Flagler Beach on Moody Blvd. If you plan on repotting a tree please also bring a tray to collect any soil that might make a mess.

Also at the meeting I will show some of the slides of Japan  from my recent trip with Mike Sullivan. I hope to see everyone at the meeting on March 18, 2016 at 7 PM. SHO_7149

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The Joy of Bonsai !


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