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Contact us today! Voice: 206/242-8244, Fax: 206/244-2301, or Email: info@BonsaiNW.com

Bonsai 101

Saturday September 21st, 2019
Saturday October 5th, 2019
Saturday October 19th, 2019
Saturday November 9th, 2019
Saturday December 7th, 2019
Saturday December 14th, 2019
We have a new line of unique bells created by a local artist

Dec 14 Bonsai 101
This is a introduction to Bonsai where you will learn the basics of Bonsai. We will cover basic elements of style and design as well as wiring and potting. You will start with a 1 gallon juniper and take home a styled tree that you have potted in a ceramic bonsai pot. All materials are provided for this class.

Class is 1-4pm and limited to 8 students $110.00

Cascade Cedar bonsai

Saturday September 28th, 2019

Sept 28 Cascade Cedar Bonsai 1-4pm
Using a Blue Atlas Cedar we will create a cascading Bonsai. This is a dramatic style simulating a tree growing under stressful conditions. We will cover basics of shaping and pot the trees in a ceramic pot. all materials provided.
Limit 8 students $110.00

Field grown Juniper

Saturday November 16th, 2019

Nov 16 Field grown Juniper
This is an intermediate level class where we will be working on 10+ year old trees. The larger tree size allows us to begin incorporating dead wood into our design. In addition to basic styling we will cover carving methods as well as techniques to bend larger branches. There is no repotting in this class and all materials are provided.
1-4 pm limit 4 students $295.00

Contact us for questions 206-242-8244

Recommended Reading

There are many good bonsai books out there (and a few not so good ones). This quarter we would like to make sure you are all familiar with a book written by David De Groot. David is the curator of the Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection and has been teaching bonsai for over 25 years. David's book, Basic Bonsai Design, is easy to read and very informative.

David discusses the most important aspects of bonsai. From choosing suitable plant material to artistic principles of design for a tree in training. He covers things to look for in selecting an appropriate pot to visual design elements of a mature tree. Between the use of beautiful photos and excellent drawings, David is able to convey the various and many concepts clearly and thoroughly.

If you are a beginner and would like to learn the concept of design we highly recommend this book. It is available at the shop along with many other good books.

If you are looking for a good bonsai book that will help you with basic care, we recommend Harry Tomlinson's RD Home Handbook: Bonsai. This is a small paperback version of his book and is a concise way to get the basics of general maintenance and care. The center portion of the book lists out the most common trees used and their general conditions needed for health.

Calendar of Events

WORKSHOPS are on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30. They are a one day intensive geared to the beginner covering a specific topic. They are a great introduction to bonsai for those with little or no experience.

CLASSES are on either Tuesday or Thursday evening from 7 to 9 once a week for five weeks. Classes are geared towards the beginner who knows they really want to learn the ins and outs of bonsai. Students will receive 10 hours of hands on training covering three different styles of bonsai.

  • Saturday September 21st, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday September 28th, 2019 Cascade Cedar bonsai
  • Saturday October 5th, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday October 19th, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday November 9th, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday November 16th, 2019 Field grown Juniper
  • Saturday December 7th, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday December 14th, 2019 Bonsai 101

You may wish to look at the calendar to review all of the planned activities at Bonsai Northwest.

Bonsai Northwest, 5021 S. 144th Street, Tukwila WA, 98168 Phone: 206-242-8244
Open Wed.-Sat. 10:00-5:00, Sunday 11:00-4:00 (Closed Mon. & Tues.)