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.

Welcome!

This is Our 21st Year Serving the Treasure Valley
- Thanks to all our members and elected officials for making this a 1st-Class Bonsai Society!
Next Event!
Monthly BBS Meeting
16 MAR; 6pm
Tools - How to choose them and use them.
Location: Farwest Nursery

Coming Up:
BFGS: Move-In Day
23 MAR; 3-6pm
BBS Move-In Day: Come help set up the Bonsai Display at the Boise Flower & Garden Show!
Location: Boise Center on the Grove
Main BBS Splash Image
Seasonal Tips
Winter
  • * CAUTION: If you work on your trees, you must keep them in a controlled environment.
  • Prune early bloom deciduous trees now for shape and flower-placement.
  • You may apply light fertilizer (0-10-10) to promote root growth.
Photos Displayed Above:
From our most recent Picnic/Auction held on 13 AUG 2016 and
Koi & Bonsai Show held at the Idaho Botanical Garden on 27 AUG 2016.

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 2016 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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