Annual Membership Dues
Please submit dues to our Treasurer
at the next event.
Monthly BBS Meeting
20 February; 12:00 noon
Farwest Nursery, Boise
- Keep in protected environment, if beginning any treatments or training.
- Train conifers.
- Prune early blooming deciduous.
- Be sure to water if warm weather comes.
- Late winter is the best time to graft.
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
"Fall has just started and the weather may be cooling down in your area. For all trees, the decrease in temperature and season change will start to affect your bonsai tree..." (Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"Repotting season is a conflicting time for most bonsai enthusiasts. For some, it's a happy time since some are finally able to pot their finished tree into a bonsai pot. For others, it's doing routine maintenance to ensure the health of the tree..." (Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"Repotting your tree is one of the most important things you can do for your bonsai tree..." (Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"Preparing your pot is an essential step to repotting your tree. In this tutorial, we'll go over the steps to properly prepare your pot for a new tree..." (Jason Chan, Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"1. Water your tree more than once a day...
2. When you water your tree, make a few passes at it..." (Eastern Leaf, AUG 2015)
"The clip and grow method is a great way to familiarize yourself with the growth patterns of your tree. For beginners, it's also a great method to train your tree without needing to apply wire to your tree..." (Eastern Leaf, AUG 2015)
"To develop ramifications on your black pine bonsai tree you often have to deal with leggy growth..." (Eastern Leaf, JUL 2015)
"Wiring is one of the essential techniques for working with your bonsai tree..." (Eastern Leaf, JUL 2015)
"The most common issue ... is when new enthusiasts fertilize improperly. E.g. when a tree looks sick or weak, fertilizing it too heavy in hopes that the extra food will save it. Most often this causes the complete opposite result." (Eastern Leaf, JUL 2015)
(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).
Beautiful Stone; used in formal display. Viewing Stones offer a story and serve as companions to the Bonsai in formal display.
Companion Plant; used in formal display.
Exposed surface roots, located at the base of the tree.
The training and development of secondary branch structure from the main branches by regular pruning, encouraging thick foliage and pad-development.
Companion Stone; used in formal display. Note, the word 'stone' is used in Bonsai terminology; not 'rock'.
Wild trees collected for training as Bonsai.
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