Introduction to Bonsai Workshops

— Sold out for 2018 — Please come back in January 2019 for 2019 registration — 

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 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and includes both a morning lecture session and a hands-on styling session in the afternoon with a lunch break in between.

Participants will also receive a 1 year MBS membership immediately after registering purchasing the workshop.*
* One free membership per purchase only

Space is limited


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One-day workshop is $75.00 per person
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: 6 dates are offered throughout the year:
Where: New 2018 location –  Washington County State Fair Grounds, 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
What to Bring: Lunch and drinks are not provided, please bring a lunch or restaurant suggestions can be provided at the workshop. All tools, soil and wire will be provided at the workshop.
Selecting your tree:  Tropical or Juniper – See below




Melon Seed Ficus


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.

Garden Juniper


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.

Questions: For questions please contact Tim McCarthy at