It seems like February 2022 was just a week or so ago when Kawa Bonsai Society held its 16th Joy of Bonsai event in DeLand at Schley’s Bonsai & Supplies. Our headliner, Sean Smith, flew in and conducted workshops that included building kifu and carving shohin root stands as well as Maple and Juniper and BYOT classrooms. Sean was his usual best, really engaging with every attendee making the weekend not only instructional but fun too. Sean has a long history with Joy of Bonsai when in Bunnell, and his return was outstanding.
Local artists – Cossette Perdue, Mike Rogers, Ben Agresta and Bobby Block demonstrated their expert knowledge in pottery, Florida native trees, wiring basics, and Bald Cypress. BSF district 6 styling competition was held among three clubs with Edil Vazquez (CFBC) representing our district at this year’s convention in May. BSF President, Jorge Nazario, was on hand to judge and award his BSF President’s choice to an exhibit tree to his liking.
Five BSF clubs attended Kawa’s event even though Daytona’s Race Week used up most of the area’s hotel rooms. With BSF clubs supporting other clubs the weekend was “A great weekend of bonsai”. Our club really appreciates the support of all of our local BSF clubs. Thank you, everyone who participated.
Well, February 3, 2023 is coming up soon for Kawa Bonsai Society’s 17th annual Joy of Bonsai in DeLand. Headlining will be someone familiar to many, Jennifer Price. Local artists, Mike Rogers, Mike Lane, and Abner Cruz will conduct demo’s and Mike Lane will lead a Premna and BYOT workshop. Have a look at Kawa’s website for more information and how to register. This year we are avoiding Race Week and have a room block set up here in DeLand, so plenty of room for all. We all hope you can make it to honor this long-standing Florida tradition.
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