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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.

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Please submit dues to our Treasurer at the next event.

Next Event!
Monthly BBS Meeting
20 February; 12:00 noon
Farwest Nursery, Boise
Bonsai Maple
Seasonal Tips
Late Winter
  • 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!

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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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