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