Advance Bonsai Workshops
Advance Bonsai Workshops will take you closer into Mastering the Art and Science of Bonsai. They explore in depth many advance bonsai techniques, including Advance Bonsai Styles and Bonsai Landscapes. On the horticultural side we shall explore more advance subjects like Bonsai Propagation techniques, Field Growing, Soil Science and lots more. The sessions are modular in nature with each being stand-alone unit of learning, however, you will benefit the most by following the sessions through the year. Places are reserved one a first come first served basis.
Bonsai Tool are your friends in your pursuit of creating exquisite show winning bonsai. Sharp clean bonsai tools mean that you can work faster and with less stress to your bonsai. Sharpening your bonsai tools give you a feel and deeper understanding of your tools. We shall show you the tools and kit available an d how you can use them to keep them in tip top shape.
Since bonsai grow in a very limited amount of soil in a pot, it is essential to understand how we can give it a great soil blend. Majority of bonsai trees that don't do well ultimately have their problems stemming from the fact that there is a problem with the growing medium that the bonsai is in. We will explore the science of soils, what constitutes a good bonsai soil, how to go about enrishing the soil in a bonsai pot. We learn how to recognise when your bonsai soils need to be changed, and how we do with minimal stress to the bonsai. During the hands-on sessions we will work on preparing a few bonsai soils mixes. Further, participants are encouraged to bring a few of their bonsai so as to enable you to work out an optimal soil requirement for them and time permitting we work together to re-potting some of your bonsai.
A bonsai pot has both an artistic and horticultural role to play in the presentation of your Bonsai. With the variety, colours, shapes, sizes available, it can be a daunting task choosing one that is just right for you bonsai. You will learn about the role and importance of Pot size and its horticultural importance and how to balance it with the bonsai's aesthetic value. You will study how pot colour can enhance the mood and presentation of your bonsai, and how pot shape, feet, decorations and reliefs can all play a significant role in the enhancement of you bonsai's beauty and in deed its very value. If you want bring a couple of Bonsai along you can use what you have learnt to help you choose a pot that is not just horticulturally right for your bonsai but one that highlights the beauty of your bonsai to it most advantageous. We will help you on exploring the myriad of bonsai pots available and help you in selecting just the right pot for your bonsai.
"Watering a bonsai is 50% of bonsai" Nobuyuki Kajiwara
While we intuitively recognise, that we have to water our bonsai? Unfortunately, very few of us ever get to appreciate how important it is to the development and vitality of our bonsai. Most unseasoned enthusiast bounce from one extreme to the other. We show you how to recognise when your bonsai needs watering, and when it does not. You will be shown how to recognise signs of over or under watering. During this session we explore, water and its role in feeding plants. We will explore macro and micro nutrients and how they affect plant growth and when and how to administer them. We will work on building a feeding and watering program for bonsai. You will learn how to make your very own healthy organic fertilisers from easily available raw materials.
As your confidence grows in bonsai, you will find yourself wanting to grow your bonsai collection. We will look at the various techniques available to propagate bonsai. The course will introduce you to growing bonsai from seed, cuttings, air-layering and grafting. The session are heavily practical in nature and you will be expected to have complete a few air-layers and grafts. So if you have any plant material that you would like to propagate you are most welcome to bring it along if you can. Plant material will be provide in the class to help you practice and learn the various techniques.
During this session we explore some of the more advanced bonsai styles available to use and their significance in development of bonsai. We shall finally lead on to exploring in depth the Japanese approach towards bonsai forest groups. For the most of the day we shall undertake the creation of a tray landscape. You may bring your own materials for the project or we can provide you with a group planting tray.
Bonsai On Rock is an evocative style of Bonsai. We shall spend the day exploring this advance Bonsai Style and how we can go about creating it. We will explore various type of Rocks how they can be used, how to select a suitable tree for root on rock compositions and finally we will end up make and designing a root on rock bonsai. As with other Advance Workshops you can bring your own materials to make a Root-On-Rock bonsai or we can provide you with the materials to make the composition. The Kits are available for £ 45, which includes a suitable rock, a miniature bonsai, and soil and all materials to complete the kit.
Bonsai Over Rock bonsai style is a popular style on display at many of the national bonsai shows and one everyone want to have in their collection. We shall spend the day exploring this advance Bonsai Style and how we can go about creating it. We will explore various type of Rocks how they can be used, how to select a suitable tree for root on rock compositions and finally we will end up make and designing a root on rock bonsai. As with other Advance Workshops you can bring your own materials to make a Root-Over-Rock bonsai or we can provide you with the materials to make the composition. The Kits are available for £ 45, which includes a suitable rock, a miniature bonsai, and growing mediums and all materials to complete the project.
Bonsai do not happen by accident they involve a lot of design, planning and skill to make them happen. This work shop will builds up your arsenal of skill and techniques you need to get you designing realistic looking bonsai trees. It will introduce styles, pruning techniques, wiring techniques, deadwood treatment, and concepts of scale and form to help you design..
Wiring Bonsai is a much misunderstood and feared subject primarily because wiring can have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic of the bonsai, but more importantly if it is not done properly it can seriously damage your bonsai, causing lots of scaring and more importantly slow dieback. In this session, we will look at why wiring works, what and when to wire, and the many techniques and tools we have at our disposal for effective and non-destructive wiring.
Traditionally in Japan, the goal of bonsai development was for it to be displayed it in a Tokonoma for the enjoyment of visiting guest. In the Western World, we have adopted that style of Bonsai display for Exhibition Display. This session we will study how to display bonsai in the traditional setting, ie, for Bonsai Exhibitions, and how we can display and present our bonsai for our everyday enjoyment in our gardens and homes. We will study examples of bonsai gardens and how we can design them into our settings.
Photographing bonsai whether it is to keep a record of our bonsai collections growth and progression or whether it is to enter it into the BCI Bonsai Completion, can be a challang task. We will show you how to take beautiful bonsai photographs by exploring some of basics of photography, and some simple lighting techniques for our bonsai to show them off at their best. We shall look at ways of getting the best photo graphs of your bonsai through the Four Seasons.
All Advance Bonsai Sessions are £30. Sessions are limited to 8 attendies. Participants are encouraged to book their places well in advance, there is a £10 advance for each session booked. Students then pay the balance of £20 when attending indiviual sessions. The sessions are from 10am to 4pm, please bring a packed lunch. Teas and coffees and will be avalable.
All session are held at Ma-Ke Bonsai Studio, address and contact details can be found on the Contact page.
Advance Bonsai Classes are conducted by Mark D'Cruz, who has nearly 30 years experince of growing bonsai and who has honed his skill under the tutelage of Japanese Bonsai Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara over a 5 year period.
Check out The Bonsai School Calendar for a full list of Bonsai Classes and Courses
Please do email or call if you like further information.
We offer Past Students an Advantage Pack, for those who would like to make block bookings of Advance Sessions and Open Workshops. Please do email or call if you would like further details.