Is conducted in 5 modular sessions, over the course of a year, during which time your will aquire the knowledge and skills required to care for and train your bonsai with confidence. Each module builds on your strenghts by walking you through the seasonal needs of your bonsai.
We currently run three Groups for Beginners Classes, Group A, Group B and Group C. All Groups follow the same syllabus, but class dates are staggered, to allow wider participation. Currenlty only spaces in Group C are available. In the Past all
The Beginner Bonsai Course is very popular and is usually fully subscribed. Please book you places well in advance.
Calendar Date: 22 November 2014
Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles08 February 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class Book Now spaces available
The morning session we shall cover some of the theory of: What is a bonsai? Bonsai history? Basic Bonsai styles? The basics of bonsai care will be covered.
The afternoon session will be a get your hands dirty session, will cover with root pruning and re-potting. The session will help you identify, what traits to look for in a good bonsai, and how to choose one in a nursery setting. Students are taught how to identify when a bonsai need to re-potted and when to re-pot them. The basics of root pruning are covered and attendees are encouraged to re-pot their bonsai if it does require it.
Botany for the Bonsai Artist19 April 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class Book Now spaces available
Looking after a bonsai is looking after a tree? In this session we shall cover some of the basics of plant development. Understanding the role of light, heat, water, nutrition and how each of these elements are best used and balanced to enhance the development of your bonsai. Emphasis is placed on identifying and planning for the seasonal requirements and development of your bonsai. Common bonsai species requirements will be identified, but we will try and cater your specific bonsai species too.
The afternoon session will be a get your hands dirty session, with creating a bonsai from garden material. The session will help you identify, traits to look for and amplify in ordinary garden stock, and how to give the good beginings to a great bonsai.
Pruning of Deciduous Species07 June 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class Book Now spaces available
Bonsai are living art which are continually growing and evolving and as such are in need of regular and timely pruning and shaping. We will explore techniques available to us to shape our bonsai and briefly look at both the Botanical needs and Artistic goals of shaping and how to achieve harmony between the two. This module deals with the pruning of deciduous species.
Hand-on-work begins by mid-morning and thereafter we prune as learn. We concentrate on summer pruning requirements of common deciduous species.
Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning02 August 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class Book Now spaces available
Pines, Larches, Junipers and even some evergreen Mediterranean have their very own pruning requirements. Conifers which have scales and needles have their own pruning requirements and techniques. We work with you in developing a strategy to build up and enhance your bonsai.
The hands-on work begins by mid-morning and carries on till the end of the session, and we learn as demonstrations are carried on. We cover common conifer species commonly grown as bonsai.
Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees04 October 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class Book Now spaces available
Autumn and your bonsai are beginning to dress down for the year. For many beginners this is a confusing time of the year. This session helps you understand bonsai dormancy, and how to ensure that you get your bonsai ready for autumn and the winter beyond. Autumn is the time you get to see the bonsai’s branches in close detail - this session works with you in developing a “structural plan” to bring-out the best of the aesthetics side of your bonsai.
We will explore the role of ‘proper wiring’ in the artistic and horticultural development of your bonsai.
Beginner Bonsai Session are £30 each. You secure your place on the 5 sessions by paying a booking deposit of £50. Students them pay £20 per session to the tutor. If you miss a session, the deposit is non-refundable. You may, however, if a place is available, attend a corresponding session in the other groups.
Beginners sessions places get taken quickly, so you are encouraged to book your places well in advance. Session are limited to a Maximum of 8 per group. All session are held at Ma-Ke Bonsai Studio, address and contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.
Beginners Bonsai Courses are conducted by Mark D'Cruz, who has nearly 30 years of growing bonsai and who has honed his skill under the tutelage of Japanese Bonsai Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara over a 5 year period.
Book your Beginners Bonsai Classes here. http://shop.makebonsai.com/product/beginner-bonsai-class-deposit
Check out The Bonsai School Calendar for other Bonsai Classes and Courses
Please do email or call if you like further information.
Ma-Ke Bonsai Studio
66 Harvey Road