Boise Bonsai Society
A non-profit organization dedicated to educating our members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai in the Treasure Valley, since 1996.


Happy 20th Anniversary to the Boise Bonsai Society!
- Thanks to all our members and elected officials for making this a 1st-Class Bonsai Society!
Next Event:
Annual Planning Meeting:
19 JAN; 6-8pm
Annual planning meeting, where we plan events for the upcoming year.
Location: Chili's on Franklin (by the Mall)

Bedding Down
As the growing season closes, now is the time to read, update documentation, research new techniques to try next season, and mix soil in preparation for spring repotting. Check on winter-beds for moisture through winter.
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Seasonal Tips
  • Water only as needed.
  • Check branch wire for tightness and remove if needed.
  • Only fertilize with 0-10-10 until put into winter storage.
  • Make first application of lime sulfur. Do not let the lime sulfur get on the soil. Protect soil with a cover over the base of the tree.
  • Move trees to winter storage.
  • Do not wire, fertilize, transplant, or prune.
Photos Displayed: Taken from the most recent picnic/auction held on 13 AUG, the Koi & Bonsai Show held at the Idaho Botanical Garden on 27 AUG, and our 20th year celebration cake taken at our 2016 Holiday Dinner.

* New Links: "2016 Annual Holiday Dinner" gallery added to the Gallaries page, with 2 pics of our 20th anniversary cake and two of our wonderful leaders. "Winter Bed" document added to the Care page, under 'Downloads' (provides an example of how to winter-over your trees without a greenhouse). "The 'Rules' of Bonsai" link added to the Care page, under 'Links' (reviewed in our September meeting). "Nursery Tree Wholesalers" link added to the 'Bonsai Dealers' list on the Resources page.

* New Page Added: Historical Calendar of Events added as a historical reference of past events.

* This year marked the 20th Anniversary of the Boise Bonsai Society! The BBS was started in 1995 with 11 original members, becoming official with elected officers in 1996, with 'Bonsai Bob' Legget as Sensei.

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

Local Media

Our Boise Bonsai Society is Famous! - Recent Interview by KTVB Channel 7:
* News Media Coverage: The Boise Bonsai Society leadership was recently interviewed by KTVB, NewsChannel 7, and aired 26-28 May on "You can grow it with Jim Duthie". You can watch the full segment by selecting the video image below and waiting for the advertisement to complete.
Our BBS is Famous! - Interview by Channel 7, aired 26 May 2016

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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.
  • Schefflera: The 'Indestructable Bonsa'. A popular in-door/tropical species of tree used in Bonsai. 'Dwarf' variety of the full-sized Brassaia.
  • 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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