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!

* News Media Coverage: The Boise Bonsai Society leadership was recently interviewed by KTVB, NewsChannel 7! The interview is planned to be aired Thursday, 26 May, on the 4 pm news as part of "You can grow it with Jim Duthie", as well as Friday and Saturday.

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. Memorial services will be held Sunday, 22 May; 2-4pm (please contact leadership for location). We will miss you Orv! - BBS
Next Event:
BBS Meeting: Styling Workshop!
16 JUN; 6pm
We are planning to work on deciduous styling!
Location: Farwest Nursery

Coming Up:
BBS Meeting: Bonsai Styles & Growing
21 JUL; 6pm
General Discussion of Bonsai Styles & Growing Guidance.
Location: Member's Backyard
In memory of Orville Cope: You will be missed by all of us
Seasonal Tips
Late Spring
  • Prune Maples on a regular basis.
  • Twist candles on pines.
  • Check wired branches.
  • Prune vigorous growth on all trees.
  • Spray for fungus and bugs if needed.
  • Tip cascades on side to promote lower growth.
  • Fertilize and water well.

* 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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