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.   Entry 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.

Bonsai Basics 101

Designed for those who desire a basic knowledge of caring for your Bonsai!

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, watering, fertilizing, and general Bonsai care.

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

Fee: $95 (Includes 10-year-old Bonsai, pot, soil, and tools)

Class size is limited.

Amur Maple being trimmed
juniper bonsai workshop

Bonsai Forest workshop

Learn how to create your own forest!

This class is aimed at walking individuals through creating their own Bonsai Forest. Our staff will walk you through each step required to create your own Bonsai Forest, such as: forest layouts, preparing the trees to plant, and wiring the trees. When creating your Bonsai Forest you will get to choose from a variety of trees, such as: Bald Cypress, Redwoods, Japanese Maples and Trident Maples for your grove.

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

Basic 5 Tree Grove Forest

Fee: $175 (Includes a basic 5 tree grove, training tray, soil, wire, plants, and moss)

Larger 7 Tree Grove Forest

Fee: $250 (Includes a 7 tree grove, larger ceramic tray, soil, wire, plants and moss)

Class size is limited.

MINIATURE MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE

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

This is your opportunity to bring your tree or purchase a tree, and be guided by Adair 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.

Adair has been studying bonsai care & styling techniques with Boon Manakitivipart in California for many years now, and will share his meticulous and extensive knowledge with you.

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

Class size is limited.

KURUME AZALEA WORKSHOP

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
juniper bonsai workshop

PINE & SHIMPAKU RAMIFICATION SUMMER CARE WORKSHOP

De-Candling Black Pines 
Cleaning Out & Creating Jin on Shimpaku

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.

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

Creating Jin and Shari

Class Fee: $95.00 plus cost of materials – Amazing Colorado Blue Spruce!

Artist/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.

FALL MAINTENANCE FOR PINES AND SHIMPAKU: NEEDLE REMOVAL, BUD SELECTION AND WIRING WITH ADAIR

Instructor:   Adair Martin

Adair has been studying bonsai care & styling techniques with Boon Manakitivipart in California for many years now, and will share his meticulous and extensive knowledge with you.

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. Adair will guide you as to which limbs need wiring for the continued styling of your trees.  Beginners welcomed!!

Bring your own tree or purchase one at PC Bonsai. Steve will have a select group of Pines and Junipers for a special price that day. 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