For quite some time now we have been wondering how we could possibly expand to include more bonsai lovers from around the world into our community. Although we have always offered classes at the shop, we are limited in how many people can truly join in. In order to combat the location limitations, we’ve been making YouTube videos periodically but we want to do even more for all of you and especially for those who live in areas without much exposure to bonsai. In a perfect world, we’d have the ability to speak with each and every one of you who has questions or comments.
We think we’ve found a way to make this more possible with Patreon. If you have even just $1 to spare, we will take it and build something beautiful for all of us. For now our short-term goals revolve around our continued output of videos and blog posts but in the future we would love to offer online courses dealing with different aspects of bonsai as well as interactive live Q&A sessions and whatever else that we, as a community, can come up with.
This is just the beginning and we need your help: if you can contribute to our Patreon then you will be unlocking the behind the scenes area of what we at Schley’s Bonsai and Supplies do. You’ll get exclusive blog posts and videos. If there are enough of us there, we will have weekly discussion posts where all of our patrons can join together to talk about whatever takes their fancy. In the further off future, we will be holding contests and video demos that everyone can get involved in.
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I took some time today to go around the nursery in search of things to photograph. I was very lucky to catch the deer and she let me get incredibly close to her before running off into the woods.
Our beginner class for the month is tomorrow morning and next week we have the privilege of hosting Sean Smith. In the morning he will be teaching a class on hut carving and then in the afternoon he will be doing a “bring your own tree” workshop.
If you are interested in either class (it may be took late for this beginner class but we will have another one next month) you can read more on our website here.
Also worth mentioning, we have an awesome sale on the website on all of our pots. Jason has been bringing in a lot of awesome new inventory so check them out here. They are all 25% off until the end of the month.
And last of all, we have been doing our best to keep updating our YouTube channel with new content. Currently we are in the middle of a series on how to care for your bonsai trees in a hotter climate like Florida. Most information that we have seen is geared towards other parts of the country so Jason wanted to take the opportunity to explain a few things that are done differently in the South. Check it out. Our next video in the series will be up on Monday morning.
This week has been great, things have been flying off of the benches at the farm. We have had so many wonderful customers, old and new, coming to check out our selection.
It has been awesome to see so many people who are enthusiastic about the sale and about all of the awesome trees that Jason has put his time and energy into. Some of my favorite items have found new homes with great people.
If you haven’t had a chance to come by yet, the sale doesn’t end until the end of the day Saturday. If you aren’t in the area for whatever reason this sale is also available for our items online. And don’t worry if you aren’t sure what to get, our gift certificates are also available at 25% off which is a great way to keep the discount going on for as long as you need. They also make excellent gifts so shop now!
After putting our Juniper Starter Kit up on Etsy, Jason and I began to brainstorm about what we could come up with specifically for the website. We wanted another kit that someone new to bonsai could use as a point of entry into the hobby.
Once it was decided what this new kit would be, we shot a video for everyone who would purchase the kit so that they would know exactly what to do and also what they were spending their money on. The plan is to eventually have several different varieties of kits up on the website so keep on the lookout if this one isn’t the tree of your dreams.
So, this video is up on our YouTube channel and I will also embed it at the bottom of this post, but I’d like to go into a little bit more detail here on what is included in this kit.
Along with your Fukien Tea tree (which is seriously really a gorgeous type of tree and one of my favorites) you also get a really great pot to put the tree in. And the really cool thing, in my opinion, is that the purchaser gets to put the tree in the pot themselves. You get everything you need to start your tree out, which means soil, fertilizer, four different sizes of wire, starter shears and wire cutters, and the chance to make your own special work of art! This is something that I find super exciting and I’m hoping that anyone who does end up buying the kit will send us pictures of their final product because I know they are going to turn out great.
I am currently rendering a new video for our YouTube channel which features my face…kind of. Jason decided to teach me how to air layer and we both thought it would be cool to make a video out of me learning. I don’t really speak much at all in it (especially after edits) but I’m there…listening and learning.
Since filming the video I have done about nine million air layers (only a mild exaggeration) so I think I’m pretty much a pro.
This video should be up by the end of the day or early tomorrow, I will add it to this post once it’s live. Our next video in the pest control series should be filmed sometime soon so look out for that as well!
I thought I’d take a little break from posting new items to the website and planning our next video to update you guys on what’s new. It’s been a while since we’ve posted a real blog entry on here that wasn’t a simple promotion for some event so this is me making up for that fact. Especially since this blog is kind of my baby and I’ve obviously been a terrible mother. My bad.
Anyway, in the last few months I have mostly been focusing on filming and editing the videos for our YouTube channel and have been super busy adding new content to the website. And since it’s been a bit since I showed you guys anything from there I thought it might be nice to share some of my favorites.
We have our monthly beginner bonsai class coming up on the 20th of June. This class is an all day learning opportunity for anyone new to bonsai or those who are wanting a nice refresher on the basics. There are a limited number of seats available but there will be another chance to learn next month!
With your purchase of the class you will receive a tree, wire, beginner tools, and lunch. This class would be the perfect gift for Father’s Day. To reserve your spot, you can purchase here.
And to keep updated on the future classes that we offer keep checking our Events page and sign up for our newsletter here.
We finally have this video up on YouTube. Sorry for the delay but the Spring Festival had us chasing our tails like dogs. We should be getting back to regular blog and video postings from now on. Enjoy!
Hey guys, we are planning on shooting a Q&A video for our YouTube channel in the next week or two. If you have a question relating to bonsai that you would like answered please feel free to ask away.
You can ask your question here in the comments or on our Facebook page either in the post about the video (which is here) or in a private message. Once we have a few good questions we will get the video up ASAP. If this goes well we might start doing this every few months.
We are now officially a little under a month away from the Spring Festival and we have been working hard to get everything ready. We’ve started to hand out flyers to businesses around Deland and we have been collecting sponsors. The two classes that are going to be offered during the event have also been added to our website for purchase.
The first one is a cypress class which will be given on Saturday the 25th of April from ten until two. It’s only $150 for the class plus your tree, lunch, wire, and a shirt are all included in the price.
On Sunday we will be having a starter class for $45 and that includes the tree, starter shears, and a shirt.
There are a limited amount of spaces so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot!