Brevard Bonsai Blog

Bonsai in Brevard – March 2024

March 16th – Silverberry Elaeagnus Demo

Adam Lavigne, an artist based in Orlando, Florida, specializes in deadwood carving and tours throughout Florida to teach about tropical bonsai. He will perform a bonsai demonstration featuring a large Silverberry Elaeagnus tree. During the demonstration, attendees will have the opportunity to witness the transformation of pre-bonsai material into a refined bonsai. A drawing will be held after the demonstration. He is a “cunning linguist” per his own admission, so watch out for the paronomasia. Adam’s bonsai blog is located here. AskAdamWhy.com

Don’t forget to bring your dollar raffle table items.

Note: This month, we will meet at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Blvd (at 1pm.)

Please read about our club meetings and reasons why to join a club.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Society of Florida.

Bonsai in Brevard – February 2024

February 17th – Rotating Trees

Back by popular demand, we are once again organizing a captivating event featuring a rotating trees. Here’s how it works:

  1. Group Styling: We’ll establish 2 or 3 groups, each comprising approximately 6 people. Every group will take charge of styling a tree handed to them.
  2. Timed Handoff: When the timer goes off, the trees will be passed to another group for their styling opportunity. This rotation continues until the overarching time limit is reached, or groups all agree that styling is complete.
  3. Lucky Draw: At the end of the event, we’ll hold a drawing to determine the lucky winners who get to take home these magical junipers.

This fun event gets everyone to participate in a fast paced styling adventure. We have three Hollywood junipers for this program. Bring your favorite tools. Club will supply wire. Let the styling magic begin! 🌳🌿✨

Note: This month, we will meet at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Blvd (at 1pm.)

Hollywood Juniper: Juniperus chinensis "torolusa"

Please read about our club meetings and reasons why to join a club.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Society of Florida.

Bonsai in Brevard – January 2024

January 20th – Dave Cutchin BYOT

Welcome to 2024! It’s going to be an exciting year as we continue to see bonsai grow throughout the Brevard area.

Bonsai is a fascinating art form that attracts more and more people every day. If you are one of them, you will love our club’s activities for this year. We have some amazing club meetings lined up, so mark your calendars for the third Saturday of each month. You won’t want to miss them! And if you want to dive deeper into the art of bonsai, join our study group on the first Saturday of each month. You will learn a lot from other bonsai enthusiasts and share your own insights.

Bring your own tree session

This month will be special…. Dave Cutchin will host a Bring Your Own Tree (BYOT) event for club members. Dave Cutchin is a highly skilled and experienced bonsai professional who specializes in native species of the Southeastern United States. He is also a student of Ryan Neil, the founder of Bonsai Mirai. He teaches bonsai cultivation and design through his nursery and online platforms (Home – D & L Bonsai Nursery (dlnursery.com).

To join the BYOT session with Dave Cutchin, you will need to be a standing member of BSOB. You can pay for club membership in advance (here), or pay the Treasurer at the club meeting. You will also need to prepare your bonsai tree and bring it to the session. Make sure your tree is healthy, clean, and free of pests and diseases. You may also want to have some basic tools and supplies with you, such as scissors, wire, soil, etc.

Note: This month, we will meet at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Blvd (at 1pm.)

Please read about our club meetings and reasons why to join a club.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Society of Florida.

EPCOT 2024 Bonsai Applications Due

Disney display signup by December 31

  • Since the beginning of the Flower and Garden Festival in 1997, Bonsai Societies of Florida (BSF) has partnered with Walt Disney World (WDW) to display Bonsai in the at Epcot. However, this is no ordinary display and by no means is it the usual process for creating an exhibit.   What looks to a Disney ticket holder as perhaps just another exhibit among the thousands of plants and flowers, took months of planning to have the trees on their stands.  
  • This year Disney will exhibit bonsai in both the Japanize and China pavillions.
    • Japan will host classic Japanize bonsai styles
    • China will host styles that lean toward Chineze traditions, often referred to as Penjing

Details and Applications:

Please go to this link to read more about the event, process, and application. Applications need to be submitted by December 31, 2023.

Epcot 2024 Entry Form – Bonsai Societies of Florida (bonsai-bsf.com)

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Societies of Florida.

Bonsai in Brevard – December 2023

December 16 – Styling Competition, Food, and Forest Planting

The December club meeting will be a celebration on many fronts.

First: BSOB will hold its styling competition to select a winner to represent BSOB at the district level competition. This is a fun way to explore your creative abilities while being cheered on by a supportive group of fellow bonsai artists. And yes, there is a time limit! Please go here for full details. Note that you need to be a 2024 member in good standing to compete. If you are interested in competing, please fill in this form by Dec 1st.

Second: We will hold our annual holiday party and potluck event with all the fixings. This is a fun time with lots of food and festive discussion. BSOB provides meat, drinks, and paper goods. We ask you to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Third: Each December we do a forest planting club project after the festivities. The forest will be raffled off to a lucky winner.

It will be a busy day, please come at 12:30 to help setup….

Note: This month, we will meet at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Blvd (at 1pm.)

Please read about our club meetings and reasons why to join a club.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Society of Florida.

BSOB Styling Competition for 2024

Overview and rules for styling competition

  • The Bonsai Societies of Florida (BSF) uses the styling competition to promote the art of bonsai.  
  • The three levels of styling competition are: Local level, District level, and State level.
    • BSOB Local level: 16 Dec 2023 at December BSOB club meeting (1pm)
    • District 6 level: 3 Feb 2024 at Joy of Bonsai (11am, Deland)
    • State level: BSF Convention (Memorial Day weekend 2024)
  • The winner and second place are announced at the BSF convention. The State winner receives an educational grant of $1000.  The second-place winner gets $500.  Grants are to be used for bonsai educational purposes.
  • Please signup in advance if you are interested. Go Here.

BSOB Eligibility:

  1. Must not be a bonsai “professional”
  2. Must be at least 18 years of age
  3. Must be a club member in good standing
  4. Must never have won first place in a previous BSF Scholarship Competition – State level.
  5. Must be able to compete at the District level competition 

BSOB Local Rules:

  1. Materials will be of the same species and of similar quality. 
    Juniper is usually the planned species and will be distributed by lottery.
  2. The BSOB contest is usually 2 to 2.5 hrs long.
  3. Wiring is permitted.  Club wire will be available for contestants.
  4. Tools and supplies will be the responsibility of the contestant. 
    Borrowing tools prior to the contest is permitted. 
  5. Once the contest starts there is no participation or interaction between contestants and others in the audience.
  6. Plant needs to be in the pot for judging.  Pot can be cut back, root ball worked on, but plant needs to be placed back in the pot for judging. 
  7. Judging at the local level is to be done by the club president (or designee) and the district trustee (or designee).  All designee(s) will be decided at the club meeting prior to the start of the competition.
  8. Judging will be based on bonsai techniques and design appropriate to the tree while maintaining the health of the tree.
  9. Rules can be changed by past board members who attend the club meeting prior to the start of the competition.
The start of a juniper cascade bonsai

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Societies of Florida.

Membership Drive

BSOB website takes secure online payments

It’s that time of year when bonsai clubs announce their membership drive for next year. Please take a moment and consider your membership standing. If you have paid for next year, thank you! If not, BSOB has a new website service provider that enables secure online payments. Our site uses industry standard commerce tools to enable online credit card purchases.

Go to the top menu, click on SHOP, select your items, see your cart, and checkout using a credit/debit card.

Paper Flower tree, bougainvillea glabra, at Hwa Fong Exhibition
Paper Flower tree, bougainvillea glabra, in full bloom.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Societies of Florida.

Bonsai in Brevard – November 2023

November 18 – Displaying your trees

Please come to our November club meeting. Rob Kempinski will do a presentation of bonsai tree display approaches, forms, and techniques. He’s done this program for both a club in Cincinatti and the Central Florida Bonsai club. You are encouraged to bring items to test your display concepts.

As a separate note, EPCOT is accepting trees for both the Japan pavilion and the China pavilion. You are encouraged to consider traditional trees and penjing styles for submission. Submissions (with photos) are due by the end of the year. Here.

Note: This month, we will meet at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Blvd (at 1pm.)

Please read about our club meetings and reasons why to join a club.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Society of Florida.

Bonsai in Brevard – October 2023

October 21 – Bonsai Club: Bring Your Own Tree

It’s been a year since our last BYOT meeting. This is a great way to get specific input on your trees as you work on them. Club experts will help you with styling decisions, pruning, wiring, and give horticultural advice. Start now and set aside some trees to work on during the meeting. Sorry no repotting.

Bring tree(s) and tools. Wire to be provided by club.

Note we will have a raffle drawing for three ficus just before we work on the trees. These ficus will serve as good material for this BYOT event.

Note: This month, we will meet at the Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Blvd (at 1pm.)

Please read about our club meetings and reasons why to join a club.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Society of Florida.

Bonsai in Brevard – September 2023

Shohin and Mame Demonstration – the “littles”!

Join us this Saturday, September 16, 2023 for our club meeting to learn all about the most prevalent size of Bonsai, the “Littles”.

Alan Gouldthorp will demonstrate how to develop small Shohin and even smaller Mame sized trees out of larger plant material. Alan will style and repot a Headache Tree (Premna obtusifolia) and a Dwarf Jade (Portulacaria afra). Both trees will be raffled at the end of the presentation.

Everyone is invited to bring trees to show to the audience, or for development guidance from our club experts.

Don’t forget your donation items for the raffle table!

Location: Melbourne Public Library

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Club Meetings

Our club usually holds meetings at the Melbourne Public Library on the third Saturday of each month at 1pm.


Please read about our club meetings and reasons why you should join a club.

The Bonsai Society of Brevard is one of the many clubs within the Bonsai Societies of Florida.