• 1.INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI

    January 31, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (13 avail)
    February 28, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    March 28, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    April 18, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    May 23, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    June 27, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    July 25, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    September 19, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    October 31, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    Come Start Your Hobby with Us!
    $65.00

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    Beginner
    With a focus on care and maintenance learn all the basics of bonsai design. Select a tree, learn how to prune, transplant, landscape with rocks, and discover what the art of bonsai is all about as you create your very own bonsai to take home. This is a fully inclusive class.

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  • 2.YOURS MINE OURS: a class for two

    February 14, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (6 avail)
    March 14, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (5 avail)
    April 11, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    May 2, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    June 13, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    August 15, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    September 12, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    October 17, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    Make trees part of your relationship. One registration is for two people.
    $145.00

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    Beginner
    Class for two: designed for those who want to discover this great hobby together. Spouses or friends, parents and kids, even grandparents and children have enjoyed this great bonsai experience together.

    Each person learns the basics by creating a beautiful tropical bonsai individually, then, each pair collaborates to create one large tree together.
    Make a gift to each other by joining forces and making bonsai!

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  • Beginner Workshop.... Pruning 101

    March 15, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (20 avail)
    June 21, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (20 avail)
    October 18, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (20 avail)
    Learn how to Prune beauiful Bonsai
    $35.00

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    Beginner
    This Basic Pruning workshop is designed to teach one of the most essential techniques for growing bonsai. Pruning is like any learned skill, by developing good techniques you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful trees.
    This workshop is divided between lecture/demo and hands on practice. Students should bring one of their own trees or start a new stock plant that is ready to be developed.
    In this PRUNING workshop students will learn how to trim and refine branches.
    Join us for all three of these beginner workshops and get started making great bonsai.

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  • Beginner Workshop.... Repotting 101

    April 19, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (20 avail)
    July 19, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (20 avail)
    August 30, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (20 avail)
    Learn How to Repot your Favorite Bonsai
    $35.00

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    Beginner
    This Basic Repotting workshop is designed to teach one of the most essential techniques in developing bonsai. Repotting is like any learned skill, by developing good techniques you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful trees.
    This workshop is divided between lecture/demo and hands on practice. Students should bring one of their own trees or start a new stock plant that is ready to be developed.
    In the REPOTTING workshop students will learn how to root prune, select a pot, secure and position the tree into the pot, and aftercare.
    Join us for all three of these beginner workshops and get started making great bonsai!

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  • Beginner Workshop.... Wiring 101

    February 15, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (20 avail)
    September 20, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (20 avail)
    Learn how to Wire and Bend Branches
    $35.00

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    Beginner
    This Basic Wiring workshop is designed to teach one of the most essential techniques for developing bonsai. Wiring is like any learned skill, by developing good techniques you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful trees.
    This workshop is divided between lecture/demo and hands on practice. Students should bring one of their own trees or start a new stock plant that is ready to be developed.
    In the WIRING workshop students will learn how to apply wire and bend branches.
    Join us for all three of these beginner workshops and get started making great bonsai.

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  • 1.Bonsai West School of Bonsai

    February 7, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    March 8, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    April 12, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    May 24, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    June 14, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    July 11, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    August 16, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    September 5, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    October 11, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    Check the Syllabus for This Exciting Class Program
    $45.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    The School of Bonsai is an opportunity for the student looking to continue their education in the Art of Bonsai..

    The concept is simple: By combining demonstrations, intensive exercises, group projects, and a large amount of varied and repetitive work (think: playing scales!) over several months, students will begin to refine their abilities, enhance their enthusiasm and develop life-long skills.

    We have structured these classes to cover the most relevant topics at the seasonally appropriate time of year. The format for the classes will be divided between lecture/demos and individual workshop time. Students will have plenty of time to work on their own trees.
    There will be 9 classes per year . Students could sign up for each class individually or register for the whole group
    The cost is $45 per class or 3 for $100
    Notice: If you sign up for 3 classes the prices on this website do not reflect the lower price. However, we will apply the appropriate discount prior to your credit card being charged.

    CHECK OUT THE EXCITING SYLLABUS

    February/ Wiring and Refinement March/ Spring Pruning-
    April/ Repotting, roots, and the hidden tree
    May/ Tricks, tips, and growing trees.
    June/ Design and Redesign July/ Wiring, unwiring, and rethinking
    August/ Fall Pruning September/ Repotting and the third growing season
    October/ Winter preparedness

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  • American Larch

    March 7, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 avail)
    A Powerful Traditional Bonsai
    $125.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    The American Larch is one of the most powerful trees used for bonsai and is one of a small handful of deciduous conifers native to this area. We have selected a great group of trees that have been grown from nursery stock for over ten years. These larch will all make elegant formal and informal upright Bonsai and students should expect to create a beautiful specimen to add to their collection

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  • Redwood Forest Planting

    April 25, 2015 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (9 avail)
    Build a Miniature Forest
    $40.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    A Dawn Redwood forest in miniature offers the bonsai enthusiast a chance to capture the power of the giant redwoods. Students will have an opportunity to pick 3, 5,7or even 9 trees from our large inventory of Dawn Redwoods to make a beautiful forest planting. Special attention will be given to root pruning and placement of several trees in a single pot - which are the key to succeeding in creating depth and perspective. A wide variety of material including different size trees, pots, rocks and moss will be available to choose from. Estimated cost for material: between $125 - $175
    This class focuses on the basic elements of forest design and how to create the natural look of a forest in miniature.
    Students are guaranteed to go home with a beautiful redwood forest

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  • Two Trees Two Styles

    February 21, 2015 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (11 avail)
    Create Two Traditional Bonsai
    $50.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    Two Trees Two Styles
    The Japanese have formalized the art of bonsai by defining different styles of trees. Some of the most popular styles are the upright, informal upright, cascade, and windswept styles. The goal in bonsai design is to create a wild tree that looks like it was formed in nature. We achieve these shapes by using wire to bend branches.
    In this class students will have a choice of indoor or outdoor trees perfectly suited for shaping into two of your favorite styles.
    Material cost $40-$75

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  • David Easterbrook Bring Your Own Tree Workshop

    April 19, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (8 avail)
    Bring your most treasured specimen
    $85.00

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    Master Class
    This 4 hour class is perfect for the student looking to improve their favorite specimen Bonsai and learn from a Master Artist. David Easterbrook has always been one of my favorite teachers and I am excited about having him share his knowledge at Bonsai West.
    See David's Bio listed in the all day Saturday class

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  • David Easterbrook Bring Your Own Tree Workshop all day Workshop

    April 18, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (8 avail)
    Learn Bonsai from a Master
    $165.00

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    Master Class
    David has been studying and creating bonsai for over 40 years. He began studying bonsai with Jerry Stowell and then apprenticed for one year in Japan at Kidoen with Isao Shinkai. Afterwards, he started his own bonsai nursery, which he still runs today. In 1982, he became Curator of the Montreal Botanical Garden’s bonsai collection and recently retired in 2011. He has always pursued an active teaching career in a variety of locations including the Montréal Botanical Garden’s School of Horticulture, in the eastern U.S. and abroad. Further, he has served as judge of several national and international bonsai competitions. David has quite an eclectic collection of more than 900 bonsai. His trees have been widely exhibited in both Canada and the U.S., including U.S. National Bonsai Exhibitions, and they have appeared on the covers of International Bonsai Magazine.

    We are limiting this class to 8 and including lunch so students can spend as much time with David as possible

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  • Mauro Stemberger

    May 9, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (10 avail)
    Price to be determined later
    $0.01

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    Master Class
    This year we are honored to Host a great visiting artist from Italy.
    The details of this event and price of workshops will be announced in the new year.
    Check out his garden in Italy

    http://www.bonsaifocus.com/video/40/the-bonsai-garden-of-mauro-stemberger.html

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  • Free Demo With Michael Levin

    January 11, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Bonsai Magic! See How its Done
    Free

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    All Levels
    You are invited along with the North East Bonsai Society to join us for this energized bonsai event. Michael looks forward to this 4th annual event. The greenhouse is warm and cozy the people are friendly and the topics are essential. If you are just starting out this is a perfect introduction to this exciting hobby; Michael will cover all the tips while creating a beautiful tree and teaching pruning ,potting and special techniques that everyone will learn from. We invite our newest most beginner customers and our regulars to share in this relaxed fun filled event.

    This class does not require registration

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  • GET WIRED!

    February 1, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    March 1, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 5, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    May 3, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    June 7, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    July 5, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    August 2, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    September 6, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    October 4, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Open workshop 1st Sunday of Every Month
    $20.00

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    All Levels
    An Afternoon of Bonsai Projects:

    Whether you are just starting out in Bonsai or you have a collection that makes the neighbors jealous, you will love the Bonsai West Workshops!
    Bring your trees, your ideas, your friends, and let's make Bonsai!
    You decide the goals for the day, we supply the expertise.
    You bring your pots and trees, we've got the tools and techniques. Pruning, shaping and styling, transplanting, wiring and mossing - together we will make the most of your personal collection.
    Bring your trees in for wiring and pruning projects, design changes, or whatever you have in mind.

    This hands-on workshop allows students to work freely on their own trees under our excellent guidance. A perennial favorite of all of our customers, bring your trees and enthusiasm and lets go!

    This class does not require registration

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  • Private Bonsai Lessons with Bonsai West Staff

    Bring your trees and be prepared to learn
    $65.00

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    All Levels
    One Hour Private lessons are a great value and excellent way to get the knowledge needed on a one on one basis with one of our highly trained teachers. Lessons usually last between one or two hours and cover a wide range of topics. Learn general care and maintenance, pruning, re-potting seasonal care ,indoor or outdoor bonsai techniques .Learn how to wire and style your trees or just bring your trees in for a private critique and develop long term goals .
    We offer much of these same topics in a variety of classes and “get wired” workshops however nothing compares to a private lesson session

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  • Private Bonsai Lessons with Michael Levin

    Challenging projects and transformations
    $110.00

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    All Levels
    One Hour Segments. Come prepared with a challenging project. Students should talk with Michael about detailed goals and restyling projects before class so during the workshop we could maximize productivity. I am happy to work on any species of trees however my specialty is Juniper and Pine. Give me a call and set up a consultation .Looking forward to working with you.

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    This class is ongoing