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.


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
20 JUL; 6pm
Visit backyards of a few members and see how they do things! See finished trees. Come Join us!
Location: Farwest Nursery

Coming Up:
BBS Picnic & Auction
19 AUG; 6pm
This is our annual picnic & auction. Members, please bring Bonsai/garden items for donation. Come Join us!
Location: Member's backyard

Main BBS Splash Image
Seasonal Tips
Early Summer
  • Style and do your jin and shari now.
  • Select second growth candles on pines you wish to keep and remove all others.
  • Pinch back growth on conifers.
  • Defoliate Maples.
  • Prune rhododendrons and azaleas or any spring-blooming trees.
  • Pinch back oaks.
  • Do not water during hot part of day.
Random Photos Displayed Above are From:
Our last Picnic/Auction held on 13 AUG 2016,
Koi & Bonsai Show held at the Idaho Botanical Garden on 27 AUG 2016, and
Boise Flower and Garden Show Bonsai Display, 24-26 MAR 2017.

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

Most Recent Meeting Murmurings

16 March 2017 Meeting:
Topics discussed: Fertilizing: Other topics discussed:
  • Best to wire in Summer and Fall; not in Spring.
  • Best time to repot evergreens is in June/July, after foliage is very strong; evergreen strength is in the foliage.
  • When pruning Maples, always seal wounds. Maple wounds dry out and die back very easily; they also allow for infection.
  • Demonstration on cleaning pots to prepare for display.
  • 'Bar Keepers Friend' cleaning product can help clean stubborn hard-water stains from pots, etc. - Walmart Bar Keepers Friend.

Recommended Articles/Videos

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.
  • 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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