Introduction to Bonsai Workshops

If you’re new to bonsai, this beginner workshop is a great way to get started. Each participant will receive a pre-bonsai tree, a suitable pot with soil. Prior to your hands-on session, an educational online Zoom meeting will be held to help you prepare for the class. Participants will also receive a 1 year MBS membership after registering purchasing the workshop.*

After successfully registering and completing your Novice Workshop, you will have a first come first served basis chance to sign up for Novice 2.0 at no extra cost. There will be 25 slots available where you can come back and go a little deeper into your bonsai tree knowledge at one of the later workshop dates. Participants will have time to talk about and work on pruning, wiring, fertilizing, and winter care among other topics. The MBS Novice 2.0 will only be available on a Sunday afternoon session (1-4pm) of the July and September workshop weekends. See the workshop schedule below for more information. 

* One free membership per purchase only, no cash value, coupon will be mailed in email receipt after purchase. Free membership expires 30 days after the workshop. No exceptions.
– Due to the popularity of this class, any cancellations made within 7 days will not be refunded.

Instructor:
David Weiss,
MBS 2nd vice president and former president
Questions:
For questions please contact instructor David Weiss at mbsorg.vp2@gmail.com

 


Cost: $85.00 per person
Skill Level: Beginner
When: See dates below
Where:
May and July classes: Washington County Fair Grounds (12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082)
September: Landscape Arboretum. (3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318)
Time:
Choose a morning (9-12PM) or afternoon (1-4PM) spot, includes online educational Zoom meeting Wednesday prior to event.
Provided: Soil, pot, tree and wire will be given at the workshop. Bonsai tools will be provided to use during the workshop. Food or drinks not provided. 
Selecting your tree: 
Tropical or Juniper – See descriptions at bottom of this page.

 

May, 2022 Workshops: (Junipers Only)
Location: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

Zoom Lesson: (Included with your hands-on workshop)
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 7 pm – 9 pm*  

Hands-On Sessions: (Limited to 25 spots)
Saturday, May 14, 2022 9 am – 12 pm 
Saturday, May 14, 2022 1 pm – 4 pm 
Sunday, May 15, 2022 9 am – 12 pm

July, 2022 Workshops: (Tropicals Only)
Location: 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

Zoom Lessons: (Included with your hands-on workshop)
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 7 pm – 9 pm* 

Hands-On Sessions: (Limited to 25 spots)
Saturday, July 9, 2022 9 am – 12 pm
Saturday, July 9, 2022 1 pm – 4 pm 
Sunday, July 10, 2022 9 am – 12 pm

September, 2022 Workshops: (Junipers and Tropicals)
Location: Landscape Arboretum. (3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318)

Zoom Lessons: (Included with your hands-on workshop)
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 7 pm – 9 pm*

Hands-On Sessions: (Limited to 25 spots)
Saturday, September 17, 2022 9 am – 12 pm Tropicals Only
Saturday, September 17, 2022 1 pm – 4 pm Tropicals Only
Sunday, September 18, 2022 9 am – 12 pm Junipers Only

*A prerecorded video can be sent if you can not attend the Zoom class prior to your workshop 

Signup opens Feb 1, 2022

Workshop 2.0: (Free after completing your Novice Workshop, limited to 25 spots)
Sunday, May 15, 2022 1 pm – 4pm (For 2021 participants)
Sunday, July 10, 2022 1 pm – 4pm 
Sunday, September 18, 2022 1 pm – 4pm
Link to register for 2.0 will be sent to attendees only after your workshop.


Ficus

 

TROPICALS

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. The type of tropical provided will vary depending on availability. Note: Tropical trees are only available for July and September workshops, since they can only be re-potted after Spring. 2022 Tropicals provided are typically a Ficus. (Click for images)

Garden Juniper

 

JUNIPERS

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 only available for May and September workshops, since they can only be re-potted at certain times of the year.


* One free membership per purchase only, no cash value
– Due to the popularity of this class, any cancellations made within 7 days will not be refunded.