• 1.INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI

    July 26, 2014 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (FULL)
    October 4, 2014 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    November 8, 2014 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.

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  • 2.YOURS MINE OURS: a class for two

    September 20, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (4 avail)
    October 18, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    November 22, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    Make trees part of your relationship. One registration is for two people.
    $135.00

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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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  • Beginning Bonsai A complete Course

    September 10, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    September 17, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    September 24, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    (8 avail)
    Learn from the ground up! A three part in depth beginner course
    $95.00

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    Beginner
    This three evening class format is designed to give students enough time to develop an in depth understanding of basic bonsai principles. Students finishing this course will have the skills to create and care for bonsai and the confidence to further their education and have success with this wonderful hobby.

    Class 0ne: History of Bonsai, Care and Maintenance,
    Design principles
    This class consists of a lecture demonstration that lays an essential foundation for this exciting hobby.
    Discussion topics include specific care of tropical and cold hardy trees, and how to select good material for bonsai training. Michael will lecture on basic bonsai styles and a give a demonstration on pruning, designing, and training trees. Students will have time to select an 'un-styled' tree that will be the focus of classes two and three.

    Class Two: Styling your own tree. In this class we cover the basic steps of bonsai design. A short demonstration will be followed by students working on their own trees.
    Developing a tree from the ground up
    finding a front
    working on branch and root structure
    developing a plan and style for the tree, and
    learning basic pruning and wiring techniques.

    Class Three:Wiring and re-potting Bonsai.
    Students will refine their trees by learning how to bend branches with wire and choose a perfect bonsai pot for re-potting. A brief demonstration shows root pruning, soils, pot selection and after care to insure the success of your new tree.

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    This class has multiple sessions:

    September 10, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    September 17, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    September 24, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Weeping Willow Bonsai

    August 16, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (FULL)
    A Wonderful Weeping Willow... Wow
    $85.00

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    Beginner
    The Weeping Willow is one of the most powerful yet graceful trees. Willows are one of the earliest trees to show color in the spring, and we have chosen this time of year for a class that is sure to excite. Our group of Yellow Willows have been raised for many years here at the nursery. Expect to create a wonderful addition to your bonsai collection

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  • Chinese Elm Bonsai

    November 1, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 avail)
    Expect Great Fall Color
    $95.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    This exciting class will feature beautiful Chinese elms imported from China, they are a classic deciduous tree.This group of Chinese Elms has been worked from its earliest days to make a collection of gorgeous compact informal uprights. We carefully picked specimens that possess ideal branching and form to ensure that every student gets the chance to take their tree to the next level. We will cover potting, pruning, and care for these very special little trees.
    Tree and Pot is included in tuition

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  • Gingko Grove

    October 11, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 avail)
    A Beautiful Gingko Forest
    $40.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    One of the oldest and most primitive species in nature, the Gingko has long been a favorite of both ancient and modern bonsaists. Combine this inherent desirability with the natural beauty of a grove, and this class promises to send students home with some very impressive bonsai. Students will build a grove of 3 to 9 trees as well as receiving a detailed tutorial on care and maintenance of this most special species. Material cost will be discounted and range from $75-$150

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  • Redwood Forest Planting

    April 5, 2014 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (FULL)
    September 6, 2014 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (FULL)
    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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  • Rodney Clemon's Bring your own tree workshop

    September 27, 2014 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (8 avail)
    September 27, 2014 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm (8 avail)
    Bring your most treasured specimen
    $75.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    Join us for an Afternoon of Bonsai. Bring in your most nagging problem or your next fun project and plan to hunker in for a relaxing yet intense day of work/play. Rodney is great at offering an unusual and often unique perspective on trees that you want to bring along to that next level. Get out the shears and the wire and lets make some beautiful trees. this class is offered in 2 parts so students could make it a morning, afternoon or full day event

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  • Rodney Clemons Fundementals of Japanese Five Needle Pine

    September 28, 2014 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (8 avail)
    White Pine Demystified
    $125.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    The 5-Needle Japanese White Pine is a simply beautiful tree, consisting of compact needles and rough bark. Ancient specimens are amongst the most desirable trees in the bonsai world. Start your ancient specimen with Rodney, and learn the art and science of this favorite species. Included with this class is one of several varieties of 5-Needle Japanese White Pine, all of which are well grown, vigorous, and beautiful little trees. Registration includes tree, no repotting will be done at this time.

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  • Wiring And Design Techniques with Michael Levin

    October 25, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 avail)
    Wiring: The #1 skill for creating great trees
    $50.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    This essential class can be taken as a solo or an on- going developmental class. Wiring is one of the most important skills to master in order to create beautiful bonsai. I have offered wiring classes before under the name of “classical bonsai design “but in the end I realize it’s actually a wiring and design class and should be considered a prerequisite to all intermediate classes. Students may bring their own material or borrow ours. I have set aside many trees for students to practice on. Wiring is a relaxing repetitive skill that becomes easy one you learn the correct techniques.

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  • Private Bonsai Lessons with Michael Levin

    Challenging projects and transformations
    $110.00

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    Intermediate / Advanced
    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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  • GET WIRED!

    August 17, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    September 7, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    September 21, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    October 5, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    October 19, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    November 2, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    November 16, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    NO GET WIRED AUG 3RD Open workshop for whatever your needs are.
    $20.00

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    All Levels
    NO GET WIRED AUG 3RD 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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    This class is ongoing