bonsai club for residents of The Villages, Florida
the forum to ask questions share and discuss
Villages Bonsai Club meets the first
Friday of the month @ 1:00 pm
at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center in
the Adams room.
Members can begin arriving @ 12:30 to help
Jan. 15th Meeting elected Reed Panos, President and Bob Silva,
suceeding Nanci Strickland and Jim Royds.
Connie and Earl Mangrum will continue as Secretary and Treasuer.
Jim Royds will remain club webmaster.
Events and Special Interest
3rd Friday of the month @
12:30 pm at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center in
the Adams room.
Bonsai Club is
an educational club of individuals interested
the living art of
miniature trees. Through the use of workshops,
demonstrations, lectures, film presentations, and the club’s
library, members strive to increase their proficiency in this fun and
someone a bonsai and they will
someone bonsai and they will have many!!
Stout, Past President
is a bonsai?
Strickland, Former Club President
“bone-sigh”, not "bon sigh")
is a tree cultured in a container and
therefore is small in size, yet in its entirety, expresses the beauty
and volume of a tree grown in a natural environment. The literal
meaning of bonsai is “plant in a
tray”. Originally traced to China and Japan, bonsai
seen as expressions of harmony between heaven and earth,
is the art of bonsai?
Today, the art of bonsai is
all over the world for the
relaxation it affords as a practical hobby and for the deeper
understanding of nature. Bonsai is the art of choosing a
which has the potential of
becoming a good bonsai. Then the plant is grown with care so
it blends with the container
in which it is planted, in order to express a natural beauty. Adequate
sunlight, water, fertilizer and suitable soil are necessary for healthy
growth. At the same time, careful trimming, pruning,
other techniques are required to form the trees into the desired
shapes. The ultimate goal is to cultivate plants that are
in size, yet
have the appearance of being seasoned and aged.
do bonsai remain small?
fact that the plant is
growing in a container, along with
shaping of the plant and root system, all contribute to the final
result of healthy but limited size of a bonsai tree.
to get started with bonsai?
Anyone with the interest,
little space for growing plants
can build and enjoy a bonsai collection. Bonsai do require a certain
amount of time and attention, but the results are rewarding and it does
not require a lifetime.
Respectable bonsai can be developed in a few seasons when given proper
care. Although trees for bonsai can be grown from seed, more
material such as seedlings, cuttings, trees from your yard, or nursery
usually preferred. Nursery stock obtained in quart, gallon,
even larger containers, are
popular sources for bonsai material. Small trees with an attractive,
well defined trunk line and a pleasing distribution of branches can be
shaped into bonsai. Top growth is cut
back to make the tree smaller and emphasize the trunk and root
Remember the club meets the first
Friday of the month @ 1:00 pm at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center in
the Adams room. Members can begin arriving @ 12:30 to help
set up, and is a great source of help if you are interested in
the art of bonsai.