-- All 2017 classes are full. Thank you to everyone that signed up! Please come back in January for the 2018 workshop schedule -- 

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Cost: One-day workshop is $75 per person
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When:  
September, 16 or September, 17
Where: Como Park

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If you're new to bonsai, the Novice (Beginners) Workshops are a great way to get started. Each participant will receive a pre-bonsai tree, a suitable pot with soil, and an intensive one-day workshop designed to give you the basic skills needed to create and care for your own bonsai.


A Novice Workshop day runs from 10:30 AM to 4 PM and includes both a morning lecture session and a hands-on styling session in the afternoon with a lunch break in between.

Cost: The cost for a one-day workshop is $75 per person and includes a morning instruction session, an afternoon hands-on styling session, and all materials: tree, pot, soil, wire and the use of club tools. A one year membership to the Minnesota Bonsai Society is also included. ($40.00 value) Participants will receive a 1 year MBS membership voucher after completing the workshop.

Where: The Education Building at McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, St. Paul where you may also view the Conservatory's outstanding collection of bonsai. Please wait in the main entrance. Please see the bottom of our our maps page for directions. Please arrive prior to 10:30 and wait at the front entrance to be guided to the workshop area.
 

Enrollment is filled on a first-come basis, so please register early. 

Description: If you're new to bonsai, the Novice (Beginners) Workshops are a great way to get started. Each participant will receive a pre-bonsai tree, a suitable pot with soil, and an intensive one-day workshop designed to give you the basic skills needed to create and care for your own bonsai.

A Novice Workshop day runs from 10:30 AM to 4 PM and includes both a morning lecture session and a hands-on styling session in the afternoon with a lunch break in between.

In the lecture session, participants will learn about the history of bonsai, the aesthetic principles involved, and the tools and techniques needed to produce quality bonsai. We'll also cover region-specific considerations, where to find local suppliers, and other information that's hard to find in bonsai books.

In the hands-on styling session, experienced club members assist participants in creating their own bonsai.

Enrollment is filled on a first-come basis, so please register early.

Cost: The cost for a one-day workshop is $75 per person and includes a morning instruction session, an afternoon hands-on styling session, and all materials: tree, pot, soil, wire and the use of club tools. Plus a one year membership to the Minnesota Bonsai Society is included. ($40.00 value) 

The Education Building at McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, St. Paul where you may also view the Conservatory's outstanding collection of bonsai. Please see the bottom of our our maps page for directions. Please arrive prior to 10:30 and wait in the front entrance to be guided to the workshop area.

When: 

  • Saturday, May 20 (Juniper Trees Only) 
    5/20 Workshop Full 
  • Sunday, May 21 (Juniper Trees Only)  
    5/21 Workshop Full 
  • Saturday, July 8 (Tropical Trees Only)
    7/8 Workshop Full 
  • Sunday, July 9 (Tropical Trees Only)
    7/9 Workshop Full 
  • Saturday, September, 16
    9/16 Workshop Full 
  • Sunday, September, 17
    9/17 Workshop Full 
 
Select your tree
example shown is a ficus - tropical choices may varyTropical: Apartment dwellers might be happiest with a tropical species of tree. Although it would enjoy a summer outside if you have a balcony, tropical trees can be considered indoor bonsai and should be kept indoors (above freezing) during the winter. This particular variety of tropical tree is nicknamed "Parrot's Beak" due to the small flower clusters with a yellow petal when allowed to grow out. Note: Tropical trees are not available for all workshops, since they can only be re-potted after Spring.

 

 

Japanese garden juniperJuniper: If you enjoy conifers then a juniper is a good choice. This tree needs to live outside and go through the change of seasons. It will need some winter protection, such as an unheated garage. This tree will not survive inside a warm house. This is often thought of as a "classic" Japanese bonsai species and is very common. Note: Junipers are not available for all workshops, since they can only be re-potted at certain times of the year.  

 

 

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