• 1.INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI

    January 30, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (FULL)
    March 12, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (3 avail)
    April 9, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    June 11, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    July 2, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    August 28, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    October 8, 2016 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 class includes everything you need!

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  • 2.YOURS MINE OURS: a class for two

    February 13, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (FULL)
    February 14, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (FULL)
    March 26, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (4 avail)
    April 23, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (6 avail)
    May 28, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (6 avail)
    June 25, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    July 23, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    September 17, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    October 22, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    Make trees part of your relationship. One registration is for two people.
    $160.00

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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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  • Fundamentals of Bonsai

    February 27, 2016 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (FULL)
    May 7, 2016 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (7 avail)
    September 18, 2016 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (10 avail)
    Learning Bonsai from the Ground Up
    $125.00

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    Beginner
    Specifically designed for students who are looking for an in depth beginner course taught from the ground up. Topics will include history, indoor and outdoor care, proper use of tools, transplanting, wiring, pruning, and everything needed to successfully grow in this hobby. We will break for lunch so feel free to bring your own or grab something from a nearby shop.

    Everything is included in the cost of this class, and students will create and go home with a beautiful new bonsai tree.

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  • Pruning 101

    March 13, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (5 avail)
    June 19, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (12 avail)
    Learn how to prune beauiful Bonsai
    $45.00

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    Beginner
    Pruning 101 teaches one of the most essential techniques for growing bonsai. Pruning is like any learned skill, with practice you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful bonsai.

    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.

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  • Repotting 101

    April 24, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (8 avail)
    May 29, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (12 avail)
    Learn How to Repot your Favorite Bonsai
    $45.00

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    Beginner
    Potting 101 teaches one of the most essential techniques in developing healthy trees. By developing good techniques you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful Bonsai.

    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.
    Discussions will include root pruning, proper potting techniques, and most importantly the needs of a newly re-potted tree.

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  • Chinese Elm Bonsai

    June 12, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 avail)
    A Perfect Outdoor Tree with fall Foliage
    $95.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    The Chinese Elm is a perfect deciduous tree for bonsai because of its small leaves, fine twiggy branching, and beautiful bark. We imported this group of elms from China several years ago and they all have turned into excellent trees. Topics will include species specific techniques such as seasonal care, pruning and styling, and transplanting, along with horticultural wisdom to insure your trees stay healthy

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  • Japanese Maple Bonsai

    April 10, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (6 avail)
    The Japanese Maple and the four Seasons of Bonsai
    $95.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    Everybody needs a Japanese maple in their bonsai collection and we have set aside a nice section of well grown trees from the West Coast of Oregon for this class. The Winter is a perfect time to study the open silhouette of the branch structure in order to make correct pruning decisions. This class will include the tree and pot and is perfectly timed for root pruning.

    Students will learn seasonal care along with future styling techniques without leaves, but there is nothing more beautiful as the spring flush and of course the intense fall foliage.

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  • Redwood Forest Planting

    April 30, 2016 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (5 avail)
    Build a Miniature Forest
    $50.00

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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, 7 or 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

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  • The Workshop

    March 5, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (FULL)
    March 5, 2016 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (4 avail)
    May 1, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (4 avail)
    May 1, 2016 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (3 avail)
    August 27, 2016 10:00 am - 1:30 pm (6 avail)
    August 27, 2016 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (6 avail)
    Prerequsite of one or more of our Introduction to Bonsai Classes
    $50.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    Bring Your Own Bonsai and learn how to develop it through the seasons and over the years. The Workshop is limited to only 6 students per session. Students learn at their own pace, according to what their bonsai needs. Through personalized instruction and expert guidance, students will climb the next step in making beautiful healthy bonsai.

    *The cost of this Workshop is $50 per session or $85 for the whole day.
    Please note that students signing up for both sessions will not have the discounted amount appear in their checkout box, we will take the discount manually before your credit card is charged

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  • Yamadori Larch

    March 19, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (4 avail)
    Wild Trees from the Bogs of Maine
    $95.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    This fine selection of American Larch were collected (yamadori) from the wilds of Maine and are perfect for developing as small specimen Bonsai. Students will wire and style their trees but will not do any root work until the following year. The class will cover essential techniques and special tips needed to succeed in growing these rugged indigenous trees. Students will all go home with a great new tree in their collection.

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  • Open Studio

    March 6, 2016 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    April 17, 2016 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    June 5, 2016 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    New Self Directing Workshop for Students to Practice Their Skills. Drop in no registration Required
    $30.00

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    Intermediate / Advanced
    Some of my best bonsai work gets done when I’m with like minded people working in a creative environment enjoying what I love to do most. Come with your trees and your tools (we will supply wire and soil) and hunker in for a day of bonsai work. This is a great opportunity to meet other talented people in the bonsai community and learn from each other.

    Please note that there will be no instruction. Students are expected to be self directed and bring their own projects. We strongly recommend that participants have taken several intro classes or have been around bonsai long enough to participate comfortably

    This class does not require registration

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  • Bjorn Bjorholm Advanced Master Class

    May 14, 2016 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (FULL)
    Sign up early and dont miss this opportunity
    $225.00

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    Master Class
    Bonsai West is pleased to announce Bjorn Bjorholm to our Spring lineup of exciting events. If there was only one class to take this year, this would be it.

    Bjorn Bjorholm, owner of Bjorvala Bonsai Studio, is a professional bonsai artist with roots in Knoxville, TN. He is a founding member of the Knoxville Bonsai Society, co- creator of the annual Tennessee Bonsai Exhibition and an instructor at the Fujikawa International School of Bonsai.
    After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Bjorn apprenticed at Fujikawa Kouka-en Nursery in Osaka, Japan where he spent several years workingunder Master Keiichi Fujikawa.

    Bjorn’s trees have won awards in the prestigiousTaikan-Ten (Grandview Bonsai Exhibition) in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, Bjorn divides his time between teaching bonsai art in the United States, developing a popular YouTube video series “The Bonsai Art of Japan, and furthering his studies and business in Kyoto.

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  • Mauro Stemberger intensive Seminar

    April 2, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (4 avail)
    Learn From a European Bonsai Master
    $225.00

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    Master Class
    This is a full day bring- your- own- tree Masterclass. We are limiting the class size to 6 to allow each person to have as much time with Mauro as possible. Lunch is included so students can stay focused and not leave the nursery.

    Mauro Stemberger
    was born in 1978 in Feltre, Italy. At 14 and fascinated by Bonsai, he joined the Feltre Bonsai club.
    From 1994 to 2000 he attended workshops given by important European artists like Hotsumi Terekawa, Marc Noelander, Horst Krekler, Edoardo Rossi, Salvatore Liporace, and many others. In 2002, he met Alfiero Suardi and Enrico Savini, and who helped him hone his technique. At the same time, Mauro was studying architecture at IUAV University in Venice. In 2005, he and several other Bonsai enthusiasts founded the Italian Bonsai Dream Workshop Place where they and others could work and enjoy Bonsai http://www.italianbonsaidream.com/.
    In 2006, Mauro graduated as an Architect and began work in his hometown. Since 2007 he has been writing and publishing articles in numerous Bonsai magazines such as Bonsai Focus, UBI Bonsai, BCI Bonsai and Stone Appreciation Magazine
    http://www.bonsai-bci.com/bci-artists/180-mauro-stemberger-italy

    From 2008 to 2010 Mauro was President of UBI (Italian Bonsai Association) and Director of the UBI Bonsai Magazine. In 2011 he, along with a group of students, founded the Italian Bonsai Dream School at Garden Verde, Marostica.

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  • Rodney Clemons Advanced Two day Bonsai Seminar

    August 20, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    August 21, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    (6 avail)
    Rodney has my vote as the Greatest American Bonsai Teacher
    $350.00

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    Master Class
    Rodney is back for his continuing education seminar at Bonsai West. One of the best ways to advance in bonsai is to study often with teachers who you feel comfortable and creative. When I am working with Rodney I am always gathering new and exciting information and his relaxed and highly professional manner allows me to perform at my highest level.
    This two day workshop gives students the time to dive deeper, while solving problems and creating beautiful trees. Students should bring a few of their current projects that need styling and be prepared for major transformations
    Lunch will be included for both days in the cost so students can stay on premises.

    * Please note that if you are available for only one day we will take your name on a waiting list at $225 per day and contact you if their is an opening

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    This class has multiple sessions:

    August 20, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    August 21, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Free Demo With Michael Levin

    January 31, 2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Come Join Us!
    Free

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    All Levels
    Join us along with the North East Bonsai Society for this energizing bonsai event, the fourth annual Free Lecture/Demo, on January 31th at 2pm.
    The event is free and open to all; no registration is required.
    Michael always looks forward to this! The greenhouse is warm and cozy, the people are friendly and the topics are essential for any lover of bonsai.
    If you are just starting out this is a perfect introduction to this exciting hobby.
    Michael will cover all the basics while creating a beautiful tree and teaching pruning, potting and passing on some special techniques that everyone will enjoy learning. We invite everyone, from the newest beginner to our seasoned regulars to share in this relaxed fun filled event.

    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