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

Bonsai 101

Saturday June 15th, 2019
Saturday April 13th, 2019
Saturday February 23rd, 2019
Saturday March 9th, 2019
Saturday March 23rd, 2019
Saturday May 4th, 2019
We have a new line of unique bells created by a local artist

May 4 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

Larch Forest

Saturday March 2nd, 2019

March 2 Larch forest
Using a selection of 1-4 year Larch seedlings you will create a small forest which will be planted on a stone slab. This is a class where creativity is more important than technique. All materials provided.

Class is 1-4pm and limited to 8 students $115.00

Maple Forest

Saturday March 16th, 2019

March 16 Maple forest
The Japanese maple has delicate leaves makes for a more feminine tree, it aslo has the advantage of being very seasonal. In Spring you get the new growth followed by a full canopy in Summer. The leaved turn brilliant colors in fall followed by the bare winter silhouette.
Your trees will be planted in a ceramic bonsai pot. All materials provided.

Class is 1-4pm and limited to 8 students $135.00

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 February 23rd, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday March 2nd, 2019 Larch Forest
  • Saturday March 9th, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday March 16th, 2019 Maple Forest
  • Saturday March 23rd, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday April 13th, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday May 4th, 2019 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday June 15th, 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.)