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

Azalea Bonsai

Saturday April 28th, 2018

April 28 Azalea Bonsai 1-430pm
A Blooming Bonsai! Using Japanese azaleas we will create a bonsai that flowers in May. We will discuss the finer points of wireing and styling as we make our creations. These will be planted in a glazed Bonsai pot. All materials provided.
Limit 8 students. $115.00 + tax.

Black pine

Saturday May 26th, 2018

May 26 Black Pine 1-430pm
If there was a king of bonsai it would be the Black Pine. This class will cover the special techniques used to make this tree great. This includes candling, needle thinning, and fertilizing. We will not be repotting in this class. All materials provided.
Limit 8 students. $105.00 + tax.

Bonsai 101

Saturday June 9th, 2018
Saturday April 21st, 2018
Saturday March 10th, 2018
Saturday February 17th, 2018
We have a new line of unique bells created by a local artistSaturday May 5th, 2018

May 5 Bonsai 101 1-430pm
This is our introduction to the art of Bonsai where you will be introduced to the basics of bonsai. We will cover elements of style and design as well as techniques of wiring, pruning and potting to turn a 1 gallon juniper into a potted piece of art to take home. Tree, ceramic bonsai pot and all supplies are provided for this class.
limit 8 students $110.00.

Cascade Cedar bonsai

Saturday March 24th, 2018

March 24,2017 Cascade Cedar Bonsai 1:00-4:00pm
Cascading trees convey a sense of drama, and we will use Blue Atlas cedars to create this style of Bonsai. The Cedars have a powder blue foliage that shows very well. We will wire design and plant these trees into a ceramic Bonsai pot.
All supplies includion tree and pot will be provided.
$105.00 Limit 8 students $105.00

Indoor Bonsai

Saturday June 16th, 2018

June 16 Indoor Bonsai 1-430pm
Most Bonsai are kept outdoors but if that is not an option for you then this is the class for you. We will use Ficus, a strong indoor tree. We will cover the basics of design and technique as well as planting your tree in a ceramic pot. All supplies are provided
Limit 8 students $115.00 + tax.

Larch Forest

Saturday February 24th, 2018

Feb 24 Larch Forest 1:00-4:00
Using an assortment of larch seedlings from 1-3 years old we will create a forest on a stone slab. The larch is a deciduous conifer that changes with the season and its columnar growth pattern lends itself to this style. This is a fun class where creativity is more important than technique. All supplies provided.
limit 8 students $120.00 + tax

Maple Forest Forest

Saturday March 17th, 2018

March 17 Forest 1:00-4:00
In this class we use Trident maple seedlings of varied sized to create a forest. The tridend is a small leafed maple with excellent fall color. You will plant between 5 and 13 trees in a ceramic pot to make your composition. This is a fun class where creativity is more important than technique. All supplies provided.
limit 8 students $120.00 + tax

Phoenix Graft

Saturday April 7th, 2018

April 7 Phoenix Graft
In this class we will attach a young juniper to an old twisted juniper trunk. The juxtaposition of the old and new gives your tree great drama. In only a couple of years you will have an amazing specimen. We will cover the techniques of using dead wood to enhance your tree as well as elements of design. These trees will be planted in nursery pots. All supplies are provided.
Limit 4 students $285.00 + tax

Saikai Landscape

Saturday April 14th, 2018

April 14 Saikai landscape 1-430pm
This a mixed forest class, we will use an assortment of small conifers and rocks to create a mountain landscape planted on a stone slab. Creativity is more important that technique. All materials provided.
limit 8 Students $115.00 + tax

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 February 17th, 2018 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday February 24th, 2018 Larch Forest
  • Saturday March 10th, 2018 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday March 17th, 2018 Maple Forest Forest
  • Saturday March 24th, 2018 Cascade Cedar bonsai
  • Saturday April 7th, 2018 Phoenix Graft
  • Saturday April 14th, 2018 Saikai Landscape
  • Saturday April 21st, 2018 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday April 28th, 2018 Azalea Bonsai
  • Saturday May 5th, 2018 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday May 26th, 2018 Black pine
  • Saturday June 9th, 2018 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday June 16th, 2018 Indoor Bonsai

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.)