Boise Bonsai Society
A non-profit organization dedicated to educating our members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai in the Treasure Valley, since 1996.


Happy 20th Anniversary to the Boise Bonsai Society!
- Thanks to all our members and elected officials for making this a 1st Class Bonsai Society!

In Memory of Mr. Orville Cope: Sadly, Orv Cope passed away on April 25th. Orv was a long time member and a great joy to know. We always appreciated his vision of Bonsai and how it related to Zen. He had such a great sense of humor and kindness. This is a sad time for the club with the loss of a great member. His obituary is online at Summers Funeral Home. We will miss you Orv! - BBS
Schefflera Class at FarWest Nursery
4 May; 6-8 pm
Please contact our leadership to volunteer with this fun event.
Location: Farwest Nursery

Coming Up:
14 May; 11am
This is when we get together to harvest grit for use in soil-mixtures and repotting.
In memory of Orville Cope: You will be missed by all of us
Seasonal Tips
Mid Spring
  • Prune flowering trees if flowers are gone.
  • Twist off long Pine candles - remove only the strong growth.
  • Pinch back new growth.
  • Start watering on a regular basis.
  • Rotate trees.
  • Wire all trees, keeping watch for rapid growth.
  • Watch for Aphids.

* This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Boise Bonsai Society! The BBS was started in 1995 with 11 original members, becoming official with elected officers in 1996, with 'Bonsai Bob' Legget as Sensei.

The Boise Bonsai Society (BBS) is a group of dedicated bonsai enthusiasts from the greater Boise, Idaho area. Our goal is to educate both our members and the general public in the art form known as 'Bonsai' (pronounced 'bone-sigh'), the ancient Asian art of growing miniature trees in pots. Our club holds bonsai workshops, collecting trips, and annual shows throughout the year. All levels of ability are welcome!

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Vocabulary Reference

  • Bonsai: (Pronounced 'bone-sigh') The art of growing trees in trays or pots. Derived from 'bon', meaning 'tray' and 'sai', meaning 'tree' (Pessey & Samson, 1992, "Bonsai Basics", p16).
  • Besaki: Beautiful Stone; used in formal display. Viewing Stones offer a story and serve as companions to the Bonsai in formal display.
  • Kusamono: Companion Plant; used in formal display.
  • Nebari: Exposed surface roots, located at the base of the tree.
  • Ramification: The training and development of secondary branch structure from the main branches by regular pruning, encouraging thick foliage and pad-development.
  • Schefflera: The 'Indestructable Bonsa'. A popular in-door/tropical species of tree used in Bonsai. 'Dwarf' variety of the full-sized Brassaia.
  • Suiseki: Companion Stone; used in formal display. Note, the word 'stone' is used in Bonsai terminology; not 'rock'.
  • Yamadori: Wild trees collected for training as Bonsai.
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