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 Koi Show
29 August; 10am-4pm
Zamzows, Chinden Location

SEP Meeting
17 September; 6-8pm
FarWest Landscape & Garden Center
Bonsai Maple
Seasonal Tips
Late Summer: AUG-SEP
  • Water often and deeply.
  • Fertilize with a 5-10-10 or 0-10-10 fertilizer.
  • Scrub trunks of Elm, Birch, & Zelkova with a diluted solution of lime sulfur to remove any fungus or mold.
  • Protect trees from afternoon sun.

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!

A Bonsai Educational Experience for All

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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).
  • 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.
  • Yamadori: Wild trees collected for training as Bonsai.
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