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!
OCT Meeting
15 October; 6-8pm
Dethman home

Annual Holiday Party
19 November; 5:30-8pm
Smokey Mountain Pizza, Park Center

Annual Planning Meeting
10 December; 6-8pm
Twin Dragon, Fairview
Bonsai Maple
Seasonal Tips
Early Fall: Late SEP - Mid OCT
  • Apply last application of fertilizer containing nitrogen.
  • Start restricting water on deciduous trees.
  • Excellent time to collect trees from the wild.
  • Watch for insects.
  • Prepare for winter storage; mark trees to be repotted in spring.

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

Recommended Articles/Videos

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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