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, 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 on Saturday or Sunday and you can choose a morning (9-12PM) or afternoon (1-4PM) spot.  Prior to your hands-on session, an educational online Zoom meeting will be scheduled to help you prepare for the class. Classes are limited to 25 spots.

There will be a Sunday afternoon reserved for those interested to come back for a styling/follow up session. This Sunday option will be for those interested on a first-come, first-served basis only open for registering after they’ve taken the workshop. These sessions will go a little deeper into styling trees, more aftercare instructions including overwintering trees.

Participants will also receive a 1 year MBS membership immediately after registering purchasing the workshop.*

– Workshops will be posted in March. In 2021, the class will be a combination of a Zoom meeting held a few days prior to the in-person class. Please stay tuned for details –

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Cost: $85.00 per person
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: May 15, May 16, July 10, July 11, Sept 18, Sept 19

Where: Washington County State Fair Grounds, 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Time: Choose a morning (9-12PM) or afternoon (1-4PM) spot, plus online Zoom meeting prior.
What to Bring: Lunch and drinks are not provided, please bring a lunch or restaurant suggestions can be provided at the workshop.

Provided: Soil, pot, tree and wire will be given at the workshop. Bonsai tools will be provided to use during the workshop.

Selecting your tree:  Tropical or Juniper – See below

Instructor: David Weiss

For questions please contact instructor David Weiss at

If you received a $75 workshop gift card, your gift card will be honored. Just enter your gift card number in checkout.

Please contact for any issues with the gift card.



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. 2021 Tropicals will be a Premna Ficus or a Gmelina Ficus (Click for images)

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.

* One free membership per purchase only
– Due to the popularity of this class, any cancellations made within 7 days will not be refunded.