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

Azalea Bonsai

Saturday April 8th, 2017

April 8 Azalea Bonsai 1-4:00 pm
If you are looking for a bonsai that blooms there are none better than the azalea.
We use Japanese azaleas for this class which are late bloomers, usually in May. We will cover the basics of shaping and pruning, and will plant in a ceramic bonsai pot.
Tree, pot and all supplies are provided.
Limit 8 students.

Black Pine

Saturday May 27th, 2017

May 27 Black Pine 1-4:00pm

If there is a king of Bonsai it is the Black pine. We will cover techniques of style as well as needle reduction to improve the sense of scale with your tree. There is no repotting in this class and all materials are provided.
Limit 8 students.

Bonsai 101

Saturday February 25th, 2017
Saturday March 18th, 2017
Saturday April 1st, 2017
Saturday April 15th, 2017
We have a new line of unique bells created by a local artistSaturday May 6th, 2017
Saturday June 24th, 2017
Saturday June 3rd, 2017

June 3 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

Field grown Juniper

Saturday April 22nd, 2017

April 22 Field Grown Juniper 1-5:00 pm
This is an intermediate level class where we will work on larger field grown trees. We will cover more advanced techniques for moving large branches as well as incorporating dead wood into our design. There trees will not be repotted. All materials provided.
Limit 4 students.

Indoor Bonsai

Saturday June 17th, 2017

June 17 Indoor Bonsai
Bonsai is traditionally an outside art but sometimes that is not an option. In this class we will use a Ficus to create a tree that will thrive indoors. We will cover basic techniques as well as basic elements of design. Your tree will be planted in a ceramic bonsai pot.
All materials are provided.
Limit 8 students

Japanese Maple

Saturday March 25th, 2017

March 25 Japanese Maple 1-4pm
The Japanese maple has delicate leaves that make a more feminine appearance for our tree. It also has the advantage of changing with the seasons. Fresh buds in the spring , followed by a leafy canopy in summer that turns fiery red come fall. Finally the winter silhouette as the leaves fall.
We will prune and shape the provided maple in a ceramic bonsai pot. Tree pot and all supplies are provided.
Limit 8 students.

Larch Forest

Saturday March 11th, 2017

March 11 Larch Forest 1-4pm
Japanese Larch is a wonderful tree for showing seasonality, New spring growth leads to a full green canopy in the summer. In Fall the needles turn golden before dropping to provode a winter silhouette. Using a selection of Larch seedlings from 1-4 years old you will create a small forest and plant it on a stone slab. This is a fun class where creativity is more important than technique. All materials are provided.
Limit 8 students

Saikei Landscape

Saturday April 29th, 2017

April 29 Saikei Landscape 1-4pm
In this class we use stones and a variety of small trees to create a mountain landscape scene. Your composition will be planted on a stone slab. Creativity is more important than technique here, so set your imagination loose. All materials provided.
limit 8 students.

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 25th, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday March 11th, 2017 Larch Forest
  • Saturday March 18th, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday March 25th, 2017 Japanese Maple
  • Saturday April 1st, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday April 8th, 2017 Azalea Bonsai
  • Saturday April 15th, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday April 22nd, 2017 Field grown Juniper
  • Saturday April 29th, 2017 Saikei Landscape
  • Saturday May 6th, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday May 27th, 2017 Black Pine
  • Saturday June 3rd, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday June 17th, 2017 Indoor Bonsai
  • Saturday June 24th, 2017 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.)