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 26th Year Serving the Treasure Valley
- Thanks to all our members and elected officials for making this a 1st-Class Bonsai Society
Our First 2021 Workshop was Held Successfully on Feb 20th - Thanks to all who attended; it was great to see you again!

Next Event!
Monthly BBS Meeting
MAR 18th; 6pm
Location TBD; Potting/Fertilizing/Open Discussion & Projects

Coming Up:
BBS Grit Trip!
MAR 20th; Time & Meet-up Location TBD
Join us as we Harvest 1 of 3 soil-mix components: Find your Grit!

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Seasonal Tips
Early Spring
  • Caution: Keep your trees in a protected environment, if working early in the season.
  • Bring your trees out of winter ground protection as temps increase, being careful of freezing temps.
  • Potting: This is the time to trim roots, pot, or repot trees (do not fertilize newly potted trees for 4-6 weeks).
  • Pruning: Prune all deciduous trees. Prune flowering trees after they bloom.
Members: The following are great resources for tools, supplies, and material:


'Revitalize Bio-Fungicide': This product was mentioned at our Jan 17th meeting to help recover ailing trees:
Random Photos Displayed Above are From:
Our Picnic/Auction held on 13 AUG 2016,
Koi & Bonsai Show held at the Idaho Botanical Garden on 27 AUG 2016,
Boise Flower and Garden Show Bonsai Display, 24-26 MAR 2017, and
Potting Demo, 15 FEB 2018.
Peruse all our photos on our 'Galleries' Page.

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

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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.
  • Jin: Deadwood branch.
  • Kusamono: Companion Plant; used in formal display.
  • Mycorrhizal: Fungal associations between plant roots and beneficial fungi. The fungi effectively extend the root area of plants and are extremely important to most plants. Original soil contains this beneificial fungi close to the roots; care should be taken whe repotting, to maintain a good portion of this resource.
  • 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 Bonsai'. A popular in-door/tropical species of tree used in Bonsai. 'Dwarf' variety of the full-sized Brassaia.
  • Shari: Deadwood on trunk.
  • 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.
Other Vocabulary Resources:
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