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. Pick which evening works best for you, or attend both! 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 the Sunday afternoon session (1-4pm) of workshop weekends and you will be able to choose from one of the next two workshops offered by MBS. See the workshop schedule below for more information. 

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

 


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Cost: $85.00 per person
Skill Level: Beginner
When: See dates below
Where: Washington County State Fair Grounds, 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 
and Zoom
Time: Choose a morning (9-12PM) or afternoon (1-4PM) spot, includes online educational Zoom meeting 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, 2021 Workshops: (Junipers Only)

Zoom Lessons: (Included with your hands-on workshop)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7 pm – 9 pm  
Thursday, May 13, 2021 7 pm – 9 pm  

Hands-On Sessions: (Limited to 25 spots)
Saturday, May 15, 2021 9 am – 12 pm 
Saturday, May 15, 2021 1 pm – 4 pm 
Sunday, May 16, 2021 9 am – 12 pm
Sunday, May 16, 2021 1 pm – 4pm 

July, 2021 Workshops: (Tropicals Only)

Zoom Lessons: (Included with your hands-on workshop)
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 7 pm – 9 pm 
Thursday, July 8, 2021 7 pm – 9 pm

Hands-On Sessions: (Limited to 25 spots)
Saturday, July 10, 2021 9 am – 12 pm
Saturday, July 10, 2021 1 pm – 4 pm 
Sunday, July 11, 2021 9 am – 12 pm

September, 2021 Workshops: (Junipers and Tropicals)

Zoom Lessons: (Included with your hands-on workshop)
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 7 pm – 9 pm
Thursday, September 16, 2021 7 pm – 9 pm 

Hands-On Sessions: (Limited to 25 spots)
Saturday, September 18, 2021 9 am – 12 pm
Saturday, September 18, 2021 1 pm – 4 pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021 9 am – 12 pm

Click button below to register for a workshops:

Workshop 2.0: (Free after completing your Novice Workshop, limited to 25 spots)
Sunday, July 11, 2021 1 pm – 4pm 
Sunday, September 19, 2021 1 pm – 4pm

Monday, May 17, 2021 Registration opens for 2.0 workshop for July
Monday, July 12, 2021 Registration opens for 2.0 workshop for September
Link to register will be sent to attendees only.


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. 2021 Tropicals will be a Premna Ficus or a Gmelina 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
– Due to the popularity of this class, any cancellations made within 7 days will not be refunded.