Workshops & Events

Workshop Information and Structure

Typically classes start in the Spring continuing through Fall and are held Saturdays starting at 10:00 and last 4 to 6 hours.   Workshop fees vary according to class subject.  Trees are included in the Beginner Class and are sold at a discount for specialized classes.  Tools are available for use, however, we encourage students to purchase their own, then you have what you want on hand when you need it and at home. 

There will be a brief lecture followed by hands-on work. Depending on the subject matter there could be trimming, wiring, working the tree’s roots to prepare for potting, de-candling pines, or creating deadwood. When you click the Pay on Line tab you will be taken to Square Market Place and can view other workshops we have held. Most workshops are seasonal or occasional, therefore, many of them will not be available even though they can be viewed.

 

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Bonsai Basics 101

Dates:  2022   September 3rd                                                                              Fee: $125 (Includes Juniper Bonsai, training pot, soil, and use of tools)

Time: 10:00-1:00  

Junipers will be used for this workshop with training pot included. 

There will be a brief lecture to begin with, followed by hands on activities such as trimming, wiring, working the roots to prepare for planting. You will learn how to identify the front of the tree, prepare your Bonsai pot, place and wire your tree, as well as chopping the soil around roots.  Watering, fertilizing, and general Bonsai care will be discussed.

For more information please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com

juniper
juniper bonsai workshop

PINE & SHIMPAKU RAMIFICATION SUMMER CARE WORKSHOP

Date:  June 25th     Fee: $110.00

Time: 9:00 – 2:00  lunch included

Instructor: Chuck Wheat

De-Candling Black Pines & Trimming White Pine

Japanese Black Pine:  The student will learn the “de-candling” techniques now used in Japan to create the highest quality bonsai and develop shorter needles.  The goal is to increase ramification (more branches), and to refine and balance the growth of the tree. This is also the time to work on white pines to remove excess branching and keep tree more compact.

Shimpaku:  Old yellowing foliageand un-necessary branches can becleaned and thinned out.  Now is the time to create jin because the bark is not tightly attached this time of year.

Wiring is done after de-candling.  If time permits, the student will learn wiring techniques and how to develop branch structure that will develop pads of foliage. 

For more information, please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com

Class size is limited.

juniper bonsai workshop

Bonsai Forest workshop

Date:  3/19 & 3/27     Fee:  $225.00

Time: 9:00-2:00 (3/19) & 12:00-4:00 (3/27)                                                                                                                           

Instructor:  Steve Cratty and/or Ken Fahey

Learn how to create your own forest!

This class is aimed at walking individuals through creating their own Bonsai Forest. Our staff will guide you through each step required to create your own Bonsai Forest layouts, preparing the trees to plant, and wiring the trees. When creating your Bonsai Forest you will choose from Redwoods or Trident Maples for your grove. Includes 5 trees to create your grove, a training tray, soil, wire, plants, and moss.  You may upgrade for an additional fee to a 7 tree grove with a larger ceramic tray.

For more information please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com  

Class size is limited.

MINIATURE MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE

Date: TBA     Fee: TBA

Time: TBA

Instructor: TBA

Create a mountain scene in special craggy mountain Lace Rock from Utah

Trees available are small shimpaku, nana juniper, elm, Kingsville & Harlandii boxwood, Alberta spruce and mini gardenia plus a small selection of tropicals such as jade, schefflera, podocarpus, crown of thorns, twisty trunk ficus and cactus.

Join the fun creating exciting mountain landscapes in miniature using stones, trees, and accents.  Rocks & trees included in this event with upgrades available.  All supplies included:  muck, screening, wire, moss, fern, ivy, and accent plants. 

For more information please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com

Class size is limited.

juniper bonsai workshop
juniper bonsai workshop

REPOTTING PINES, CONIFERS & DECIDUOUS BONSAI

Date: TBA     Fee: TBA

Time: TBA

Instructor: TBA

This is your opportunity to bring your tree or purchase a tree, and be guided to specific professional styling and proper potting techniques. Your bonsai will then be on the road to becoming a specimen.

One gallon of professional soil mix is included with additional available for purchase. We encourage use of your own tools. They are available for purchase or can be borrowed from PC Bonsai.  Time allowed will be for one tree. Sign up for both classes for enhanced learning, or, if you have more than one tree or a very large one which needs additional attention.

For more information please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com

Class size is limited.

FALL MAINTENANCE FOR  PINES NEEDLE REMOVAL, BUD SELECTION AND WIRING

Date:  October 29, 2022      Fee:  $110

Time:  10:00 – 3:00  lunch included

Instructor:   Chuck Wheat

Bring your own tree and watch the magic unfold by removal of old pine needles – revealing new small growth created by our summer de-candling.  Identify and select buds for future growth. You will be guided as to which limbs need wiring for the continued styling of your trees.  Beginners welcomed!

Wire is included, however, for trees needing extensive work, an additional wire charge could apply.

For more information, please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com

Class size is limited.

juniper bonsai workshop

KURUME AZALEA WORKSHOP

Date: TBA       Fee: TBA

Time: TBA

Instructor: TBA

The Kurume’s are finishing their blooming so this is perfect timing for styling.  We will find the tree’s main line and probable front and proceed to cut back aggressively.

For more information please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com

Class size is limited.

juniper bonsai workshop

ROOT OVER ROCK

In this awesome workshop you will be guided step by step in how to make your Bonsai roots fuse to a rock. We will help you construct the roots of a trident maple or ficus over a rock, which will allow the roots, over time, to slowly fuse to the rock. 

For more information, please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com 

Special Guest Events

juniper bonsai workshop

YAMADORI WORKSHOP “DON’T MISS” W/ LARRY JACKEL

Date: TBA        Fee: TBA

Time: TBA

Instructor:   Larry Jackel  

Larry’s mission is to acquaint you will the Yamadori process and guide you in styling and furthering your trees, including creating Jin and Shari – deadwood.  Larry is the bonsai curator of the Denver Arboretum and we are most excited to have him back with us.

This class is for all levels of bonsai enthusiasts from beginner to experienced, and will expand your knowledge of basic bonsai.  Tree offerings include amazing blue spruce collected from the high elevation of the Rockies. Steve will also have selected a group of junipers from the “Sea of Junipers” that have excellent attributes for Yamadori style.  They will be specially priced from $25 – $75.

For more information, please contact us at: (770) 983-3377 or pcbonsai@gmail.com

Class size is limited.

Bonsai Exhibit 5/15 11:00-5:00

Free BONSAI Exhibit by the North Georgia Bonsai Group Hosted by Plant City Bonsai Discover the art of Bonsai!  Join the fun,  view the trees, tour the nursery and cast your "people's choice" vote for your favorite one!    Our glass house will be bulging with cool and...