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B O N S A I S O C I E T I E S O F F L O R I D A , I N C .
V O L X L I I N U M B E R 4 I S S U E 1 6 0
BougainvilleaA Tropical Showstopper
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ON THE Bougainvillea glabra by Erik Wigert. The specimen wasCOVER: awarded Best Tropical Bonsai at the fi rst national show in
Rochester, New York.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT2 C H A R L E S M I C H E L S O N A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR4 M I K E S U L L I V A N DEVELOPING BOUGAINVILLEA BONSAI 6 E R I K W I G E R T
A USEFUL BONSAI TOOL THE POTTING TRAY10 J O H N B I S H O P BONSAI SOIL ORGANIC VS. SOILLESS?16 A L B E R T O C R U Z SPEAKER PROFILE LINDSAY SHIBA19 D A V I D B A R U C H THE SOUL OF BONSAI APPLICATION FORM24 R O N N M I L L E R THE CARE AND NUTURING OR A DIGITAL BSF29 C A R O L P A R T E L O W WORLD-CLASS BONSAI COLLECTION30 DONATED TO HEATHCOTE 2010 EPCOT FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW32 P A U L P I K E L THE 6TH WORLD BONSAI CONVENTION36 M I K E S U L L I V A N
EDITOR M I K E S U L L I V A N
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PRESIDENT C H A R L E S M I C H E L S O N10441 NW Second Court
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available for the workshops including Campeche, Hackberry, Brazilian Rain Trees, and Bald Cypress. It promises to be a won-derful convention at the Ramada Orlando, where we are receiving better values than last year. The convention is once again sched-uled for the Memorial Day week-end, so please join us.
The Board of BSF had a very productive meeting in November and we continue to strive to make BSF a more modern and contemporary managed business. Our Speakers Bureau not only is effi ciently managed, but we are now invoicing clubs through our online QuickBooks account. Henning Glatter-Gotz, our Webmaster, provided a presenta-tion which clearly defi ned the opportunities created by having an accurate database. Eventually, we will do more business online through our website, including convention registration and sale of merchandise, but in the mean-time, lets work together to get our membership database accu-rately in place.
stories about his training in Japan were captivating, pictures and PowerPoint presentations spec-tacular, and his ability to impart his training into our tropical material through workshop was
inspiring. If you havent already, be sure to take this time to read his article in the falls Florida Bonsai Magazine as it described his expe-riences in Japan.
We are looking forward to this years speakers: Ben Oki, Robert Mahler and Lindsay Shiba.
Please be sure to join us in May for the BSF Convention; The Soul of Bonsai hosted by the Brevard Bonsai Society. The convention headliner will be Robert Steven from Jakarta, Indonesia. There will be a wide variety of material
Like me, somewhere after prom-ising to drop those extra pounds, and the ten other resolutions you will never achieve, youre promising to be more diligent, spend more time and improve the quality of your bonsai. The Bonsai Societies of Florida will help you achieve your bonsai New Years resolution through your active participation in the programs, speakers, education, and activ-ities offered through BSF. Whatever your bonsai goals might be, I hope that our BSF organization continues to play a role in helping you accomplish them in the year to come.
Sean Smith was our fall visiting master who is a talented bonsai stylist, with a special talent in the art of daiza carving. His
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In another bit of business, in the year 2011 (next year, not this year), BSF dues will be increased to $15.00 per member. Our dues have not been increased in over 20 years and it is a necessity that we have the working capital to manage BSF business concerns. Our organizational dues are still less than many other similar organizations and represents a great value for the dollar. Thank you for your understanding. The last time BSF raised its dues; pizza was 35 a slice and you received glasses when you went in for a tank of gas! Times have changed indeed! So this increase is a necessity.
There was a delivery problem with our last BSF magazine that was a post offi ce issue. Even though the magazine was printed, labeled and posted for delivery, they were incarcerated by the post offi ce in a disagreement between two branches regard-ing delivery priority vs. bulk mail. Sometimes there are grow-ing pains as you try to improve
appy New Year! With the beginning of the 2010 decade many of you probably fi nd yourselves refl ecting upon the year that just ended and preparing your list of resolutions for the New Year.
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s I write this the temperature has taken another plunge. My tropical trees are not happy on these cold nights even if these cooler temperatures us a much needed change from the heat and humidity of our never-ending summers.
We were all very upset at the extremely late mailing of the pre-vious issue. What happened was that we change printer. The new vendor offered a better quality of paper, a 4-color cover and generally better quality and allover look of the publica-tion, at a cost savings.
Unfortunately, we suffered with the delivery system. We used the normal mail-ing procedure and delivered it to the United States Postal Service. This usually takes roughly 2 weeks until all of our member-ship receives their printed issue. Unfortunately this time the USPS was the crux our problem. Internal bureaucracy tied up the delivery of the issue. The printer did all that was humanly possible to track the mailing and to solve
the dilemma, but we are unfortu-nately at the mercy of USPS.
To complicate matters further, I was on an extended vacation, during which time the magazine
sat in postal bins for an additional 27 days. I have heard from many of you and you have received your issues. I hope this is true for the majority of our readers.
I would like to thank all the contributors for our winter issue. Erik Wigert has written an informative article on Bougainvilleas. I hope you fi nd John Bishops article helpful and of interest. Alberto Cruz raises an interesting conversation about our soil usage. The Healthcote Garden donation by Jim Smith should prove inspirational to all our members. We look forward
to the opening of this collection.
Lastly, I hope you enjoy the photo gallery from the WBFF 6th Convention in Puerto Rico. It was a thrill to see so many talented bonsai artists gathered together at one event. Im still amazed at Pedros who coordina-tee this remarkable event, the size and scope were overwhelming. The conventions main theme was a Bonsai Olympics competition.
A fresh idea to involve as many of the attendees as possible. There were many categories in which to compete, and on a happy note I was honored to accept the bronze medal at the convention for our publication, Florida Bonsai. I want to thank all of the our contribu-tors to this publications for mak-ing this award possible.
Wishing you and your trees a very happy and healthy new year.
A Message from the Editor
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service and solve the problems created by change. We have learned and will move forward.
Im interested in hearing from all of you, and if I am, so are the other BSF members throughout the state. Therefore, if you have stories to tell or bonsai knowl-edge to impart, please prepare
an article for our BSF magazine so all of us can share your expe-rience. Even short stories and updates are perfectly acceptable to be printed in our mag