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.
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!
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!
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 5th, 6th, and 7th)
Where: 2745 Audubon Ave, DeLand, FL 32720
What: Schley’s Bonsai 2019 Spring Festival
Hey everybody, our January event was super fun but now we are gearing up again for something even better! Like with the winter event, everything at the shop will be 20% off during the festival. And beyond that, we have a weekend jam-packed with things to do!
This year it takes place Friday through Sunday, April 5th, 6th, and 7th.
Our Guest Artist, Sean Smith, is returning this April and will be taking the lead in several classes, workshops, and demos. As usual this event will have FREE BEER as well as lunch available on site (included in the cost of the classes and workshops).
New this year is our bonsai display area, if you are interested in having your bonsai on display during the event, contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 675-3118 for more information.
During this event there will be free demonstrations each day. For more information about the individual classes and workshops, CLICK HERE.
We still have a few spots left for classes during this event, but with the weekend fast approaching I wanted to take the time to show off some of the trees our students will be able to choose from. I also wanted to gush a bit more about this years Guest Artist. So, onward…
We have two instances of Sean Smith’s wood carving class, both with a shorter block and a taller (both pictured above). No woodworking experience is required in order to participate in this class, though students will need to come prepared with their own electric dremel. This class is good for those who are new to bonsai, as you can still create a work of art without the fear and responsibility of long-term care of a plant. It’s a pretty neat and artistic way to get your bonsai feet wet. Equally rewarding for those experienced in bonsai and looking to enhance their skill set by creating a beautiful stand to use when showing off their trees. Click Here to learn more and to save your spot before they are all gone!
When: (Shorter stand) Friday, January 25th at 1:30PM and (Taller stand) Saturday, January 26th at 9:00AM
Where: 2745 Audubon Ave, DeLand FL, 32720
Interested in learning the basics of bonsai from one of the best artists in Florida?
On Sunday, January 27th we will be having an all day beginner class taught by Mike Rogers. You’ll get your very own tree along with the tools needed to start styling your new work of art. You’ll have the chance to choose your own Juniper from our selection, the images above are just a few examples we have out on the tables. Click Here for more information on the class and to claim your spot.
While we have Sean Smith with us, he will be teaching several other classes. One of them will be a class on Bald Cypresses, where you will get your very own tree to begin styling. This class is also on Sunday, at 9:00 AM. These are pretty massive and more than ready to begin their life in bonsai. Click Here for more information and to claim your spot.
Sean Smith will also being leading a Bring Your Own Tree Workshop on Friday morning. He will give you a plan of attack to design your tree, with direction on styling and wiring. Click Here to learn more.
We have been working hard to bring in new inventory as we prepare for our upcoming event. We want to have lots of stock and finished trees on offer to make the drive out here worth it for all of you. More than just having our guest artists at the shop to expand your knowledge, we want to have a selection of trees that speak to each and every one of you.
After spending the weekend picking up several truck loads of new stock, I’d be lying if I said my back didn’t ache. Who knew this getting older thing would stick?
Fortunately for me, one of my Christmas presents this year was a back massager. I’ve needed it more than once after picking up and transporting hundreds of trees. So. Much. Lifting.
Now all we have to do is weed them. And organize. And trim. And…okay, so, work isn’t done yet but I’m excited to get to it and to experience our Winter Event with all of you. One of my favorite parts of this job is leading other people into this hobby, watching them learn and grow as the years go along. It’s always so rewarding when someone comes to bonsai with fresh eyes and excitement. I’ve been doing this for over twenty years and there is still little I enjoy more than watching someone fall in love with bonsai for the first time.
Obviously bonsai is no longer just a hobby for me, I chose to focus on it and to make it an every day, pivotal part of my life and I wouldn’t change that for anything. But even without starting a nursery yourself, you can incorporate some of the skills, teachings, and general atmosphere surrounding this hobby into your every day life.
Bonsai teaches us patience, gentleness, and thoughtfulness. These things can be hard to find in this day and age. But with this art form, we can take a page from a way of life that at times feels unreachable with the constant rush of modern life. In the simple moments you take every week to care for your own bonsai, you gain a snippet of quiet contemplation and a connection with nature.
Happy New Year, everyone. May 2019 bring you peace and prosperity. I look forward to keeping up with this blog again and getting to share a slice of life with all of you. Thank you for being part of this journey!
Coming to our event? Let us know! You can RSVP on our Event Page on Facebook HERE.