Day Four of Our Fall Sale

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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.

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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!

Bonsai Classes and The Growth of an Art Form

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I am going to be doing a class this weekend and I’m kind of excited about it. This is the first class in a while that we have really pushed, or at least since we’ve moved out to the Deland property.

I’ve been teaching classes all this time but I’ve never really managed to properly get the word out about them. I started teaching these classes in 2004 at the urging of my mentor and friend, Tom Zane. Our local club would have similar classes once or twice a year but the teachers there were beginning to get a bit tired of doing it and since I had a budding bonsai nursery in Florida they were excited to get some new blood teaching. Tom even gave me copies of his syllabus to learn from and about thirty books worth of slides, diagrams, and notes to help me get started.

My friend Mike Rogers also was helpful in that he had said no one was doing classes on a regular basis in the area. To say the least, I was a little intimidated considering I was primarily self-taught and had in fact only take a few one-on-one’s that Tom had been gracious enough to tell me about. But it was a lot different to actually be teaching and Tom and Mike were both extraordinarily helpful. Since the beginning, my programs have been tweaked over the years and today we have an 18 page syllabus. In the not too distant future we plan on adding PowerPoint presentations to it and making it a multi-part class to combine the beginner and intermediate class levels. So many students are left wanting more once they have completed our beginner class and I’d like to have a more structured environment for learning.

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Spring Festival Classes

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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!

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February and the Upcoming Spring Festival

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Hello all, for the past few months we have been hard at work getting our new pots and wire in, mixing up bonsai soil, and planting over 500 trees in bonsai containers. We have a brand new website and have been blogging much more regularly as well as making new videos for our YouTube channel. This is an exciting time for sure.

For those of you in Central Florida, this is the beginning of our potting season, we typically repot our deciduous trees now, then come junipers and pines, followed by hardy evergreens, and once May rolls around we repot our tropicals. Obviously the schedule up north is quite different. February is also the month that we do deadwood work, carving, and detail wiring of our junipers.

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