Cost: Free for members!
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month
Where: St. Christopher's Church in Roseville. 
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The Bonsai Basics classes are the perfect way for new members, as well as less experienced members, to learn the basics of bonsai, and to work on their trees.

Classes are held once a month, and each class covers a different topic: from potting and wiring to wintering your trees.  Led by experienced club members, these hands-on classes are informative, fun, and free of charge to all MBS members.  Come and join the fun and learn more about bonsai.

Classes are held once a month, and each class covers a different topic: from potting and wiring to wintering your trees. Led by experienced club members, these hands-on classes are informative, fun, and free of charge to all MBS members. Come and join the fun and learn more about bonsai.  The Bonsai Basics classes are the perfect way for new members, as well as less experienced members, to learn the basics of bonsai, and to work on their trees.

Where: Unless stated otherwise, all classes are held at St. Christopher's Church in Roseville. Click here for directions . Led by experienced club members, these hands-on classes are  informative, fun, and free of charge to all MBS members.  Come and join the fun and learn more about bonsai.

Cost: Free for members!

When: 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month, February through November.  See topics list below.

Note: A CD will be given out which contains information and handouts to cover all sessions throughout the year.  Bonsai Basics is a hands-on class and participants must have at least two trees to work on.  Participants must be willing to buy wire and tools needed for working on their trees.  Members with more experience are encouraged to attend sessions of interest or if they just want to work on their trees.

For questions, please contact Van Jensen.


2017 Bonsai Basics Schedule 

January -  No Bonsai Basics

February 21 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Overview of upcoming year)

We will review a monthly care schedule that identifies various activities that can be done on your trees. Session will include an overview of tools, potting mixes, watering, fertilizers, sources of bonsai and supplies.

March 21 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Transplanting & Pot Selection)

This session is vary hands-on and you will be transplanting your bonsai which need potting. We will have experienced members helping the potting of trees. Participants should bring their trees, potting mix and pots they would like to use.

April 18 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Wiring & Shaping Techniques)

There are artistic and technical aspects of bonsai. Wiring is difficult. Good wiring not only holds the branch in place but must be attractive to look at. Participants will learn the basics of wiring and do wiring on their trees. The shaping of trees and tree design can be difficult and will show your artistic ability. Tree design is a never ending process in bonsai and your hands-on work coming to Bonsai Basics will increase your ability to design trees.

The State Fair is coming in September and you should be deciding which trees you will be showing so we can start getting them ready.

May 16 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Deciduous Trees)

We will concentrate on deciduous trees as bonsai. Participants are encouraged to bring their deciduous trees for shaping, wiring and air layering, etc. You may also bring conifers to work on.

June 20 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics (Coniferous Trees)

June is a busy month for bonsai. Pines need de-candling, azaleas trimming, wiring and other aspects of June care will be the focus of this session. This will be a busy workshop and we will be working on all aspects of dealing with conifers.

July 18 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Tropical Transplanting)

July is the perfect time to transplant tropical trees. Participants are encouraged to bring their tropical trees for transplanting. You can also bring other trees to work on other aspects of bonsai to this workshop.

August 15 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (State Fair Preparation)

This is the session which we do the finial preparation on your trees, which you having been working on all summer for the State Fair show. All members of Bonsai Basics are encouraged to bring their bonsai to show at the fair. Your trees will be judged in the novice category by a Bonsai Master.

September 19 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Fall Care & Watering)

Storing and care during the winter months is important in the Midwest where temperatures fall below the acceptable range for a number of bonsai species. We will review the cold temperature chart for the coldest temperature different species of trees can withstand, without damage and also cold room designs.

October 17 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Wintering)

Removing leaves, needles, cleaning the surface and removing wire are all parts of fall bonsai care. We will be working on these aspects and participants are encouraged to bring their trees.

November 21 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM - Bonsai Basics Class (Tool Maintenance & Records)

This session we will concentrate on keeping your tools clean and sharp. Participants are encouraged to bring their tools for sharpening and cleaning.

December – No Bonsai Basics