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.
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.
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
It’s been a few months since we’ve posted anything new on here and a lot has happened.
We have been hard at work getting the nursery to an all new level of beauty. We have added walkways and done quite a bit of landscaping. We’ve built a wedding area and held our very first wedding out at the property which was lovely.
Those are just a few photos to keep you guys in the loop, you can expect a much more detailed video in the not-too-distant-future about all that we’ve been doing so far this year.
We also have an event next month, our usual Spring Festival (only two days this year) and we are excited to share all the beautiful things that we’ve added to the nursery.
The event page on Facebook has more details about what we have planned for our event so click here to visit that page and RSVP.
There will be free beer and mead, (as always), as well as demos with Mike Rogers on Friday (the 12th), and a workshop with Ed Trout on Saturday the 13th. It’s the same weekend as Mother’s Day so come to shop, we will have 20% off all stock, soil, tools, non-specimen trees, and bonsai pots.
I just wanted to take the time today to update all of you who are looking for great deals during the holiday season. We have a special going right now on our website where every order of $100 comes with a gift certificate for $20. You can either save the certificate for your next order or you can give it to someone else for the holidays. The extra bonus is that this deal is stackable: if you spend $200, you’ll receive two separate certificates for $20 each.
In the coming weeks we will be updating the website with more trees so keep checking back, this holiday special runs until December 31st.
We also recently made a video for a contest that we held last month on Facebook, so check the video out below:
This contest was a lot of fun and we hope to have another one soon, so stick around if you’d be interested in participating. All of the entries that we received were fantastic and we had the opportunity to work with some excellent judges and were able to reward the winners with some really great prizes.
And, as a reminder, we also recently started a page on Patreon to help us to bring all of you more quality content as well as future contests for all of our fellow bonsai enthusiasts. If you’d like to check it out you can do so by clicking here.
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!