Schley’s Bonsai was on Good Day Orlando last week

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.

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Summer Fun at Schley’s Bonsai

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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.

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You can keep updated on this event over on Facebook by clicking here.

New Inventory for the New Year

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?

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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!

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Coming to our event? Let us know! You can RSVP on our Event Page on Facebook HERE.

Coming this January, we are having an epic weekend of education and savings!

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

2017 Spring Event – May 12 -13

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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.

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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.

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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.

Happy Holidays From Schley’s Bonsai

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Last week Jason and I picked out one of the larger bonsai trees from the benches and had a bit of fun with it for the holidays. The video is below, we hope everyone is having a great week. 2017 is drawing nearer and nearer and we are excited about things to come!

Winter officially begins tomorrow but we plan on having another contest idea ready for Spring. Hopefully we’ll have details to announce soon.

And, as a reminder, we have our new page on Patreon to help us to bring all of you more quality content. If you’d like to check it out you can do so by clicking here. If you are interested in contributing, one of the Patron levels gives you first dibs on entering our future contests.

Winter Website Special

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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.

The Future of Bonsai

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.

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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.

Whether you are a life-long bonsai fan or just starting to get into the hobby, consider sharing this blog post so that we can start our work on growing this community into something even greater and more inclusive. And if you don’t have the ability to contribute at this time, sharing the page is just as valuable. Thank you!

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