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Bonsai 101

Saturday October 28th, 2017
Saturday October 7th, 2017
Saturday September 16th, 2017

Sept 16Bonsai 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 September 30th, 2017

Sept 30, 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

Field grown Juniper

Saturday October 21st, 2017

Oct 21 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.

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 16th, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday September 30th, 2017 Cascade Cedar bonsai
  • Saturday October 7th, 2017 Bonsai 101
  • Saturday October 21st, 2017 Field grown Juniper
  • Saturday October 28th, 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.)