Class Schedule

Introduction to Bonsai: Tropical Cherry

Level: BEGINNER

Intro to Bonsai

Learn all the basics of the art of bonsai with beginner-friendly tropical species! In this class you will choose from a selection of Tropical Brush Cherries, then learn how to prune, pot, and design your very own bonsai. Indoor-Tropical bonsai must live inside your home during the colder months of Fall, Winter, and Spring, and thrive outside during the Summer (mid-May to mid-September).

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $90

DATES
No events at this time.

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Introduction to Bonsai: Juniper

Level: BEGINNER

Intro to Bonsai

Learn the basics of the art of bonsai through the traditional bonsai species Procumbens Juniper! Juniper falls under the cold-hardy (a.k.a. outdoor) category of bonsai, meaning that these trees cannot live inside the home. They stay outside during Spring, Summer, and Fall, and go into dormancy from November to April. In this class you will pick from a selection of Juniper pre-bonsai, then learn how to pot, prune, and care for your new tree.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $90

DATES
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – October 8, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – October 22, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (1 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning, Wiring & Styling

Level: BEGINNER

(Prerequisite Introduction to Bonsai or equivalent class/workshop)

Intro to Bonsai 2

All beautiful bonsai need care and refinement. In fact, one could say that “the Art of Bonsai is simply Pruning, Wiring and Sculpting trees”. While these techniques on the surface are simple enough to learn, the levels of skill required in becoming a bonsai artist requires regular practice of these very basic techniques. This class will cover maintenance pruning, branch selection, basic wiring, and how to bend branches to create pleasing classical shapes and beautiful bonsai. This class includes a tree and all the material needed for students to create a well designed classically trained bonsai.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $150

DATES
Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning, Wiring and Styling – October 29, 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Yours, Mine, Ours: A Class for Two

Level: BEGINNER

Yours Mine Ours: A class for two at Bonsai West

A class for two: designed for those who want to discover this great hobby with a partner. Spouses or friends, parents and kids, even grandparents and grandchildren have enjoyed this great bonsai experience together. Each person learns the basics by creating a beautiful tropical bonsai individually, then each pair collaborates to create one large tree together.

Make a gift to each other by joining forces and making bonsai!

Includes all materials needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $250

DATES
No events at this time.

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Beginners Workshop

Level: BEGINNER

Beginners Workshop

Bring one of your own bonsai trees with you to this class and get started on a project with an instructor! We can teach you how to re-pot, prune, wire, and style your tree, plus provide any additional information you need to take care of your Bonsai. In workshops each student will be at different stages in their bonsai journey, so it is a wonderful opportunity to learn from not only your instructor but from each other.

Use of our tools, soil, and wire are included in the price of the Workshop.
Cost: $75

DATES
Beginners Workshop – October 9, 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Beginners Workshop – October 23, 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Intermediate Workshop

Level: ADVANCED BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE

Prerequisite of one or more of our Introduction to Bonsai Classes.

Bring your own bonsai and learn how to develop it through the seasons and years with Zuma! The Intermediate Workshop is for students who wish to reach that next level in the art of bonsai. Every student participating in workshops are at different places in their bonsai journey. This enables you to learn not just from our instructor, but from other students as well!

Use of soil and tools are provided, but students are encouraged to purchase their own.
Cost: $135

DATES
Intermediate Workshop – October 14, 2022 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (5 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – November 11, 2022 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (7 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – December 9, 2022 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (6 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Special Focus: Chinese Elm

Level: Beginner

The Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) is native to China and South-East Asia, growing up to heights of 80 feet. Its fine branch ramification with small, shiny leaves make it an ideal species for bonsai. The Chinese elm is a cold-hardy tree, and should be grown outdoors from mid-April through mid-November. Students will learn about proper bonsai care as they enhance their technical skills. These skills include: wiring, pruning, potting skills. Each student will go home with a beautiful new tree.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $150

DATES
Special Focus: Chinese Elm – October 2, 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (1 openings)

If there are no available openings, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Special Focus: Brazilian Rain Tree

Level: BEGINNER

The Brazilian Rain Tree (Chloroleucon tortum) is native to the rainforests of South America and is a favorite among tropical bonsai lovers. Its compound leaves fold up when it gets dark at night and open up again with the light. This species will require conditions with full sun, and with proper care may yield delicate, fragrant flowers in the summer. Students will learn specific care and pruning techniques. We will all pot our new trees in a glazed ceramic pot and go home with a beautiful specimen bonsai.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $135

DATES
No events at this time.

If there are no available openings, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Special Focus: European Olive

Level: BEGINNER

The European olive (Olea europaea) is commonly found in Mediterranean countries, where it has been cultivated for its fruit since 4000 BC. This ancient species ages gracefully with a gnarled bark texture and complex branch structure. This class will cover specific care and students will have an opportunity to wire, prune and repot, adding a great tree to your collection.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $135

DATES
No events at this time.

If there are no available openings, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Special Focus: Retusa Fig

Taught by Zuma Fleischmann
Level: INTERMEDIATE

These old, heavy-trunked Retusa Figs were specifically cultivated in Florida for students who are ready to build upon their technical skills. The ficus is considered by many to be the king of indoor Bonsai and is the very best tree to recreate a traditional Japanese style. We have set aside a limited selection of these trees and believe their powerful presence will demand attention in  your collection. Each student will have the opportunity to procure an elaborate, polished piece.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $295

DATES
No events at this time.

If there are no available openings, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Special Focus: Bougainvillea

Taught by Zuma Fleischmann
Level: INTERMEDIATE

We have set aside a beautiful group of developed Bougainvillea specimen trees just for this class. This species has a reputation for extravagant Summer displays of bracts and flowers and is a perfect way to learn classical bonsai design. Under the expert guidance of Zuma, students will challenge themselves with branch selection and refinement wiring to create a beautiful specimen bonsai.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $295

DATES
No events at this time.

If there are no available openings, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Special Focus: Itoigawa Shimpaku Juniper

Taught by Zuma Fleischmann
Level: INTERMEDIATE

The Itoigawa Shimpaku, named after the coastal town in Niigata where many of these trees were first bought and sold, has a rich cultural history dating back to the “Golden Age” of bonsai. We have acquired and set aside a beautiful selection of this cultivar, allowing them to grow at the nursery for several years. You may have already noticed Zuma’s craftsmanship on some of our most beautiful shohin shimpaku bonsai, and we are excited for him to share his approach to this material. Students should be prepared to learn jin and shari-carving with hand tools, detailed wiring, and traditional styling techniques. We have created this 2-day class to ensure that there is enough time to finish and refine these beautiful trees.

Includes all supplies needed to participate in the class.
Cost: $450

DATES
Special Focus: Itoigawa Shimpaku Juniper
10/15/2022 - 10/16/2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm both days
(2 openings)

If there are no available openings, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Private Lessons with Bonsai West Staff

Levels: BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

If our class offerings do not fit your schedule, we also offer private lessons at the nursery charged by the hour. Assignment of your instructor is dependent on the complexity of the project, which will be determined during scheduling with one of our associates. Feel free to bring material that you have been growing at home, or purchase new material from our inventory. We are happy to work with you on any species of tree, as long as the timing is appropriate for the project in mind.

Pricing includes use of workshop tools. Plants, pots, soil and other materials are not included.

BEGINNER

    • $125/hour
    • +$75/hour for 2nd participant

A perfect option for those who want professional guidance with a simple project like repotting, basic/refined pruning, or basic wiring (1-2 branches). Limit two(2) participants for beginner level private lessons.

INSTRUCTORS
Joe Thomas
Jo Kapusansky

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED

    • $140/hour

This level will be catered to more complex projects on developed trees or yamadori (collected material). Some examples of challenging tasks might include: refinement wiring, deadwood carving, and grove composition. Limit one(1) participant for intermediate and advanced levels.

INSTRUCTORS
Michael Levin
Zuma Fleischmann

Private lessons are offered year round, with the exception of our busiest seasons. Please call us during our normal business hours or email us to coordinate scheduling.