We got the very exciting opportunity to be featured on Good Day Orlando last Thursday! It was a fun morning and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to show David Martin around the nursery. If you missed the live show, the crew over at Fox 35 were kind enough to put together a video of some of what we showed them and we are happy to share it with all of you.
Just a heads up for our northern friends: we are going to be doing a beginner bonsai class in Cheboygan, Michigan next month. It will be held on Saturday, October 5th at the Flower Station.
Where: 1262 Mackinaw Ave, Cheboygan, MI 49721
When: October 5, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Contact: (231) 597-9901
If you’d like to join us for the day, either call or visit the Flower Station to reserve your spot. It should be a lot of fun and we are looking forward to having a great time outside of Florida.
We are planning on having a second class while we visit Michigan so keep up to date for details on that by following us here or on Facebook.
It’s finally the week of our Summer Bonsai and BBQ event with free food and drinks (including veggie burgers for our vegetarian friends) as well as a lot of awesome stuff that we will be raffling off at the end of the day. Mike Rogers will also be here doing a few free-to-watch demonstrations. The trees worked on during the demos will be up for sale afterward for the pre-worked price, which is an excellent deal!!
We spent last Friday evening at a local event here in Deland handing out flyers for this event. Eventually the weather took a turn and we were rained out but we were happy to see the excitement from a lot of people who never knew the nursery was out here. We look forward to seeing them again at this event and promise that even if it does rain, we have weather protection in the form of our newly finished pole barn!
If you’re looking to add to your own bonsai collection or to take up a new hobby, we will be having a sale on every item in the shop for the duration of the event, 20% off regular prices. While you’re here, feel free to explore the gardens.
This is a one day completely FREE event on Saturday, July 27th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Follow our Facebook event page HERE. And let us know if you are coming by, we’d love to have you here to check out all the fun new stuff we’ve been working on.
We are officially in the midst of summer in Florida now and we have lots of exciting things to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. This weekend is the first part of our pinch pot class with Rob Addonizio, if you are coming out for it we are looking forward to seeing you here on Saturday, June 29th 🙂
For the second part of this class we are also holding a special event out here on the same day. July 27th is our first ever Summer Bonsai and Barbecue event! We are offering free and freshly grilled burgers, hot dogs, as well as a selection of chilled beverages. Food and drinks are free to all who show up on this day, not just those here for Rob’s class. We will also be hosting some demos and a raffle or two with some really exciting prizes but you will have to be here to find out what they are. If none of those are enough to whet your appetite, everything in the shop will be on sale for the duration of the event!
We would love to have you here, it’s looking like it’s going to be a lot of fun so join us on Saturday, July 27th from 10 AM to 3 PM to hang out with your fellow bonsai enthusiasts.
You can keep updated on this event over on Facebook by clicking here.
We have another fun time planned in the coming months with a two-part pinch pot class being held at the shop. This workshop is being presented by the Kawa Bonsai Society during their club meeting, held monthly at Schley’s Bonsai and Supplies, but is open to the public as well.
A two-part workshop where you will create your own accent pinch pot with Rob Addonizio. In the first part of this class, held on June 29th at noon, you will make your pot and Rob will take the pots with him to fire. In the second part of this class, held on July 27th at noon, the pots will receive their glaze. Once again the pots will be taken home with Rob to set the glaze. Finished pots will be returned during the next Kawa club meeting, August 17th (again at noon). All materials are included in the price of this workshop.
Where: 2745 Audubon Ave, DeLand, FL 32720
If you are interested in reserving your spot in this two-part class Click Here.
About the artist:
Rob began making pottery in the late eighties while studying to become an educator at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Being involved in the hobby of bonsai since 1997, the same year he began to teach art and music full time, Rob kept dabbling in pottery. Continuing to explore and develop new artistic ideas through the years, he began to learn and teach himself how to construct his own bonsai containers. In 2009, working out of his garage he opened Taiko-Earth pottery. Rob is truly happy with the challenges attributed to creating original ceramic containers. Today his pots are sold internationally and recognized in high regard by some of America’s premier bonsai artists. Besides teaching, his adult pottery classes and lectures at local bonsai clubs keep him very active. Rob currently lives in Lake Helen, Florida with his wife and two sons.
Just wanted to show off a few of the trees we had on display during our Spring Festival. We had a lot of fun during this event and can’t wait to start planning the next one!
We are less than two weeks away from our Spring Festival now and classes are filling up! Our Bring Your Own Tree workshop with Sean Smith is officially sold out but the rest of our classes and workshops for the event still have a few spaces left. Today we wanted to show a bit of extra attention to a couple of our guest artists as well as spotlight specific classes they will be leading during the event.
Louise Leister moved to Florida from New York 25 years ago and has been active in several of the local clubs for almost as long. She is an award winning bonsai artist and we are happy to have her back again to lead our Black Pine class on Saturday, April 6th at 1:30 PM. In this class you will bring your own Black Pine (or purchase one at the shop at a discount, everything will be 20% off during the festival) and Louise will guide you on several levels of Black Pine care including styling, health, soil requirements, and watering.
Make sure you don’t miss out on this awesome class with an equally as awesome instructor, Click Here to save your spot before we are all sold out. For only $75, this class is well worth the price!
Given that this event will be our second event with Sean Smith as our Special Guest Artist, we’ve actually talked about him quite a bit on this blog. He will be teaching a large selection of classes, workshops, and demos during our Spring Festival. On Friday he will even be giving a lecture on the Art of Display in Bonsai.
However, in this post we wanted to focus on Sean’s Loropetalum (Chinese Fringe Flower) Class. These massive trees, which have beautiful pink flowers, are perfect templates for your artistic eye, and are more than ready to be worked. Sean will guide you into transforming your chosen tree into a work of art during our event.
This class takes place on Saturday, April 6th at 9:00 AM in DeLand, Florida. To claim your spot in Sean’s Loropetalum class, Click Here.
Come out to Schley’s Bonsai and Supplies this April and take home a living work of art of your own making!
Today we are doing another spotlight on one of the classes that will be offered during our annual Spring Festival here at Schley’s Bonsai and Supplies. Another one taught by our special Guest Artist Sean Smith, and this time you’ll get the chance to build your own bonsai display table. Sean has an extensive background in both carpentry and bonsai so this should be an excellent time for all!
Not only do you get to craft your own table, but Sean will also give a history on how display tables got their start in the realm of bonsai and explain how best to use them. Tips on choosing the right set up, including accent pieces will also be discussed. This is a new class for us here, unlike the root stand carving class which was also featured at our January event (you can sign up for a root stand class during the event by clicking this link).
As with our other classes and workshops, lunch is included in the price. By the end of the day, you will be taking home a fully assembled and stained black walnut bonsai stand at less than the cost it would be to purchase the stand outright!
Getting to hold these kinds of events and share knowledge about the different aspects in the bonsai world is one of my favorite parts about being in this business. I hope we get to see all of you here in April. Click Here to save your spot before they are all sold out!
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Where: 2745 Audubon Ave, DeLand, FL 32720
As always, we will have free beer available during our Spring Festival. On site we will also have a menu of fresh, hot food available for purchase (or free when you participate in one of our classes or workshops).
On Sunday morning (April 7th), Sean Smith will be teaching another session of his tall root stand carving class. No experience in woodworking is necessary to participate in this class where you get to take home a work of excellent art at the end of the day. At less than $100, this class is a steal!
You’ll want to stick around for the rest of the day Sunday after this class to catch a free demonstration as well. And, following the final two classes of the event, the three bonsai demonstration trees from the weekend will be raffled off!
To sign up for this class (or one of the many others) visit our website or Click Here. Admission is free and open to all who want to make the trip out here in DeLand to learn more about an ancient art.
We are getting close and are excited to share this wonderful time with all of you!