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
Don’t forget to RSVP!
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
You may be aware that we offer a Bring Your Own Tree Workshop nearly year round, but during our event, instead of Jason guiding you on styling and plans for the future of your chosen tree, we will have Guest Artist Sean Smith giving you a plan of attack. Sean is being brought down to Central Florida again because he is a master in many facets of bonsai culture. From woodworking to Suiseki, he has a unique eye so don’t miss out on this event!
To save your spot in this class, Click Here.
This workshop isn’t the only chance to learn from Sean though. He’ll also be teaching several classes, lecturing, and doing a few (free) demos! Check out our website to learn more!
In the next few weeks leading up to the event, we will be shining a spotlight on some of the workshops and classes that will be going on during our Spring Festival, so make sure you follow along on here. This weekend will be packed with awesome stuff to do, see, and drink. Not to mention that, during the festival, everything in the shop will be on sale. Don’t miss it!
Stay updated by liking us on Facebook where you can also RSVP to this event.
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 email@example.com 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.
Yikes, long time no blog. We here at Schley’s Bonsai, contrary to popular rumor, are not dead at all. Just forgetful and very busy at the shop. But we have exciting news coming for the new year, we will be having a Winter Festival with special guest SEAN SMITH!
Beyond just a packed schedule of classes and workshops, everything in the shop will be on sale 20% off during the event!!
If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of bonsai, check out the links below for some of the classes that are being offered.
Full Schedule and more information about our guest artist beneath the cut. Continue reading
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.
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.