Boise Bonsai Society
A non-profit organization dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai.


Coming Up!
Annual Planning Meeting
10 December; 6-8pm
Twin Dragon, Fairview

Bedding Down
As the growing season closes and we bed-down our twiggy friends for the cold, cold winter, now is the time to read, update documentation programs, research new techniques to try next season, and do some sifting and mixing of soil in preparation for repotting in the early spring. Don't forget to occasionally check the moisture in your trees' winter-beds, and keep warm this season!
Bonsai Maple
Seasonal Tips
Late Fall
  • Make first application of Lime Sulfur. Protect application from soil.
  • Move trees to winter storage.
  • Occasionally check bedded-down plants for moisture - don't let them get too dry through winter.
  • Do not wire, fertilize, transplant, or prune.
  • Now is the time to sit down next to the fire with that bonsai book you've been meaning to read all summer, think of some new things to try next season, and try to contain your excitement for spring to come!

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.
  • 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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