Introduction to Bonsai
With a focus on care and maintenance, learn all the basics of bonsai design. Select a tree, learn how to prune, transplant, landscape with rocks, and discover what the art of bonsai is all about as you create your very own bonsai to take home. This class includes everything you need!
Includes all materials needed to participate.
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – September 30, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – September 30, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – October 7, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – October 14, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (4 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – October 14, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – October 21, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (9 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai 2
Expanding upon what was taught in Intro to Bonsai 1, this class will delve deeper into maintenance pruning, basic wiring, and how to bend branches to create pleasing classical shapes and beautiful bonsai.
Includes all materials.
Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning & Wiring – October 1, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (4 openings)
Bring in your bonsai tree and get started on one small project. Learn how to prune or re-pot or wire and style, or just come in to learn the basic seasonal care and maintenance. In order to maximize the focus of the class, sessions are separated by project: choose between Pruning & Styling or Repotting.
Use of our tools, soil and wire is included in the price of this workshop.
Beginner Workshop - Pruning & Styling – October 8, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Yours, Mine, Ours: A Class for Two
Class for Two: designed for those who want to discover this great hobby together. Spouses or friends, parents and kids, even grandparents and children 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!
Make trees part of your relationship. One registration is for two people.
Cost: $250.00 (for two)
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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.
Intermediate Workshop – October 13, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (5 openings)
Koji and Gerald visit Bonsai West
We are honored to welcome esteemed bonsai artists Gerald and Koji for a weekend at Bonsai West! Please join us for expert perspectives on growing and cultivating Shimpaku Juniper and Japanese Black Pine with interactive lectures and advanced level workshops. Light refreshments will be served during our Evening with Koji. Click here for more information on the artists.
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Plants, pots, soil and other materials are not included in price of class. Private lessons are limited to one 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). Questions on general care or other trees may be addressed during this time. Lesson time may vary; here are some approximations for planning the length of your lesson:
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.
Length of your lesson will be discussed when reviewing your material. You may divide your lesson time over multiple sessions.
If you missed the registration for one of our regularly scheduled classes, we now also offer our Introduction to Bonsai I class for groups of 2-8. In this two-hour class, each participant will receive a season-appropriate tree to learn the basics of pruning and repotting. General aftercare and growing tips are reviewed before you take your new bonsai home!
The price of this class includes 1 tree, 1 pot, soil and use of workshop materials for each participant. Options to upgrade material are available for an additional fee.
Bonsai West staff