The School of Bonsai – Year 1

Year One of the School of Bonsai will focus on building foundations of bonsai design, identifying quality material and applying technical skills on a Shimpaku Juniper to create a fine and unique bonsai. Careful attention to the projects of pruning, wiring and repotting will be conducted within the course of the year. Topics in horticulture will include nutrients, insect & fungus management, and the changes in maintenance throughout the seasons.

The School meets once every month: 6 Full-Day Seminars and 6 Evening Guided Workshops.

Full-day Seminar
The Seminar covers seasonal care, potting, and planning and implementing specialized design. Each student will be dedicated to creating their own specimen Shimpaku Juniper. Developing the Shimpaku will guide every aspect of bonsai care throughout the year.

Half-day Workshop
The Workshop is an opportunity for students to work directly with Zuma. Bringing their own trees for study, students will document and develop their trees to elevate their personal bonsai collection.

Year I Schedule

Seminar (Saturdays 11am – 5pm) Workshop (Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm)
April 6, 2024 May 1, 2024
June 1, 2024 July 3, 2024
August 3, 2024 September 4, 2024
October 5, 2024 November 6, 2024
December 7, 2024 January 8, 2025
February 1, 2025 March 5, 2025

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  • Total: $1650 for course + $250 for supplies 
    • First payment to reserve enrollment: $800
    • Second payment on June 30th: $550
    • Third payment on October 15th: $550

NOTE: These payments cover tuition and purchase of the tree that will be used in the course. Students should expect some additional purchases on supplies throughout the year (e.g. pots, special soil blends, wire, etc.).

Payment is non-refundable.

How to Enroll

Those interested in enrolling in the School of Bonsai can reach out to Emmy via email: emmy[at]bonsaiwest[dot]com or by calling the nursery during our normal business hours at (978) 486-3556.