Bonsai Basics & Bonsai Concepts Classes

Bonsai Basics and Bonsai Concepts were created to allow you to begin your bonsai training with guided instruction and hands on assistance to be able to begin your bonsai education and improve the quality of your trees. Each meeting begins with a classroom session followed by our helping you with your trees. All are welcome to come and learn, with or without trees.

Bonsai Basics is a great first step for those who are just getting started, especially if you have taken the Intro to Bonsai class, and are searching for knowledge and or assistance. At Basics class, we begin with teaching you the essentials of keeping your trees alive by giving you the most relevant monthly information you need to be successful. These topics range from repotting to pruning to design. We meet from 10am to 1pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds in the Lake Elmo/Stillwater area.

In our Concepts group, we expand on what you have worked on at Basics and go further into the practices that will expand your skills and expertise. We move from keeping your trees alive to the steps you will take to improve their quality and appearance. Some of the things we may help you with could be directed pruning, pot tree combinations or grafting. We also meet at the Washington County Fairgrounds from 2pm to 5pm.

No one will go home with a “finished tree”. You cannot create a tree in one session. Each time you work on your tree, you will take steps to improve its’ health and create a more satisfying design.

Come to Basics in the morning, have a break for lunch (possibly discuss what you just learned with your fellow classmates) and attend Concepts in the afternoon. Each class is independent, but similar in regard to the topics we will address.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dale & Sue Krueger

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Cost: Free for members! No signup required.
Instructors: Dale & Sue Krueger (dale.n.krueger@comcast.net)
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: Saturdays, see below
See below for times.
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 – Hooley Hall


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February
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Topic: Spring readiness and we will do some more wiring practice.
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

March – Repotting
Saturday, March 19, 2022
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class –
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class –
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

April – Repotting
Saturday, April 23, 2022
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

May – Seasonal Care
Saturday, May 21, 2022
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

June – Seasonal Care
June 11 – Saturday – CANCELLED
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

July – Tropical Repotting
Saturday, July 23, 2022
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

August – State Fair prep
Saturday, August 20, 2022
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

September – Getting ready for fall
Saturday, Sept 10
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

October – Late season Work/Winter Storage
Saturday, October 22, 2022
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

November – Tool Sharpening  
Saturday, November 19, 2022
10-1pm– Bonsai Basics Class
2-5 pm –Bonsai Concepts Class
Where: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082