Bonsai School Calendar 2015

This year Ma-Ke Bonsai offers, along with its popular Bonsai For Beginners Courses, an even larger portfolio of Workshops and Masterclasses and introduces a Series of Specialist Seminars. There is a course here for all level of enthusiats, check out the events dates below and book your place today as they are going fast, with many sessions already fully subscribed.

27/04/2017

Class Schedule as of 27 April 2017

26 April 2017: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Course - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
23 April 2017: Specialist Seminar - Grass Bonsai/Accent Bonsai
Accent Bonsai or Grass bonsai as they are traditionally named are accompanying plant that are displayed with bonsai and were meant to display the season in which the bonsai was being displayed. The session will look at the various species that can be used as accent bonsai and what to look for when creating accent bonsai. Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
16 April 2017: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Watering and fertilising 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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
12 April 2017: Open Bonsai Workshops - Spring Pruning and Repotting of deciduous and juniper bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
09 April 2017: Bonsai Masterclass - Conifer repotting, daily care to ensure healthy growth for the year

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this workshop shows how to re-pot and root prune conifers and evergreen bonsai trees, for many conifer species this is best carried out after late spring.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their bonsai with them so that they can works on them under the guidance of Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Masterclass attendees, many who have been attending, for years have noticed that their bonsai trees have been improving year on year.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
02 April 2017: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Propagating bonsai and growing your bonsai collection

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
26 March 2017: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Course - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
19 March 2017: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting of deciduous and juniper bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
15 March 2017: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting of deciduous and juniper bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
12 March 2017: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Course - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
22 February 2017: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Course - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
19 February 2017: Open Bonsai Workshops - The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
12 February 2017: Bonsai Masterclass - Deciduous repotting, Conifer wiring

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this workshop shows how to re-pot and root prune conifers and evergreen bonsai trees, for many conifer species this is best carried out after late spring.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their bonsai with them so that they can works on them under the guidance of Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Masterclass attendees, many who have been attending, for years have noticed that their bonsai trees have been improving year on year.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
05 February 2017: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Choosing a bonsai pot

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
29 January 2017: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Course - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
22 January 2017: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Bonsai Growing Mediums/Soils

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
15 January 2017: Specialist Seminar - Deadwood and Shari Carving and Creation
Will Baddeley, a self-taught and self-made Bonsai Artist has been practising the art of bonsai since 1997. Will was launched in to Bonsai limelight, when he represented UK and came third in the New Talent Completion, 2002 in Trevarez, France. Bill who has long had a love for nature and trees, has bought this passion into styling and creating very natural Bonsai. Bill's passion and understanding of native species shows clearly, vividly and passionately in all his work. Will who is a bonsai stylist par-excellence will be helping us develop our Carving Skills to help imporve our Shari and deadwood creation techniques. More on Will Baddeley Sessions lead by Will Baddeley. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
08 January 2017: Open Bonsai Workshops - Winter Pruning, Winter Care, and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
18 December 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Photographing Bonsai

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
11 December 2016: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
04 December 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Autumn Pruning, Winter Care, and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
27 November 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Effective Wiring Bonsai

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
20 November 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Autumn Pruning and Wiring of deciduous and conifer bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
13 November 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Autumn Pruning and Wiring of deciduous and conifer bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
06 November 2016: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
16 October 2016: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
09 October 2016: Bonsai Masterclass - Autumn pruning and wiring of conifers and deciduous trees

Each season bonsai have specific pruning requirement. This Masterclass deals primarily with repotting and summer pruning of conifers, primarily Pines. Work will also be carried out on summer pruning of other deciduous bonsai trees.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
02 October 2016: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
25 September 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting pine bonsai

The Styling and repotting pine of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
11 September 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Choosing a bonsai pot

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
04 September 2016: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
28 August 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Root-On-Rock Bonsai

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
21 August 2016: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
07 August 2016: Bonsai Masterclass - Pine Work, repotting and summer pruning of conifers and deciduous trees

Each season bonsai have specific pruning requirement. This Masterclass deals primarily with repotting and summer pruning of conifers, primarily Pines. Work will also be carried out on summer pruning of other deciduous bonsai trees.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
31 July 2016: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
24 July 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Watering and fertilising 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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
17 July 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Summer pruning of deciduous and repotting of pine bonsai

The Summer pruning of deciduous and repotting of pine bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
10 July 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Creating Bonsai forest groups

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
03 July 2016: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
26 June 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Bonsai By Design

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..

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
19 June 2016: Bonsai Masterclass - Summer pruning of conifers (except pines) and deciduous trees

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this session deals with the specific pruning teaches pruning requirement or summer for your deciduous and juniper bonsai.

Your learning is enriched as you get to learn from the Master about various species and indeed some very special bonsai trees, are available at the Ma-Ke Bonsai, and those that other attendees bring and indeed from Master Nobuyuki own bonsai collection.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
12 June 2016: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
05 June 2016: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
29 May 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Propagating bonsai and growing your bonsai collection

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
22 May 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting of deciduous and juniper bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
15 May 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Watering and fertilising 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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
08 May 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting of deciduous and juniper bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
01 May 2016: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
24 April 2016: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
17 April 2016: Bonsai Masterclass - Re-potting and spring pruning for both conifers and deciduous bonsai trees

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this workshop shows how to re-pot and root prune conifers and evergreen bonsai trees, for many conifer species this is best carried out after late spring.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their bonsai with them so that they can works on them under the guidance of Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Masterclass attendees, many who have been attending, for years have noticed that their bonsai trees have been improving year on year.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
10 April 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting of deciduous and juniper bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
03 April 2016: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
20 March 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Propagating bonsai and growing your bonsai collection

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
13 March 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting of deciduous and juniper bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
06 March 2016: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
21 February 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
14 February 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
07 February 2016: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
31 January 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
24 January 2016: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Bonsai Growing Mediums/Soils

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
17 January 2016: Open Bonsai Workshops - Winter Pruning, Winter Care, and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
10 January 2016: Specialist Seminar - Deadwood and Shari Carving and Creation
Will Baddeley, a self-taught and self-made Bonsai Artist has been practising the art of bonsai since 1997. Will was launched in to Bonsai limelight, when he represented UK and came third in the New Talent Completion, 2002 in Trevarez, France. Bill who has long had a love for nature and trees, has bought this passion into styling and creating very natural Bonsai. Bill's passion and understanding of native species shows clearly, vividly and passionately in all his work. Will who is a bonsai stylist par-excellence will be helping us develop our Carving Skills to help imporve our Shari and deadwood creation techniques. More on Will Baddeley Sessions lead by Will Baddeley. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
13 December 2015: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Choosing a bonsai pot

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
06 December 2015: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
22 November 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Autumn Pruning of deciduous and Conifer bonsai

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
08 November 2015: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn/Winter Care of Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
01 November 2015: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
18 October 2015: Bonsai Masterclass - Autumn pruning and wiring of conifers and deciduous trees

Each season bonsai have specific pruning requirement. This Masterclass deals primarily with repotting and summer pruning of conifers, primarily Pines. Work will also be carried out on summer pruning of other deciduous bonsai trees.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
04 October 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
27 September 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Summer Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
20 September 2015: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
06 September 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Summer Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
16 August 2015: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
09 August 2015: Bonsai Masterclass - Pine repotting and summer pruning of conifers and deciduous trees

Each season bonsai have specific pruning requirement. This Masterclass deals primarily with repotting and summer pruning of conifers, primarily Pines. Work will also be carried out on summer pruning of other deciduous bonsai trees.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
02 August 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
19 July 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Summer Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
12 July 2015: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Creating Bonsai forest groups

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
05 July 2015: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
28 June 2015: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
21 June 2015: Bonsai Masterclass - Summer pruning of conifers (except pines) and deciduous trees

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this session deals with the specific pruning teaches pruning requirement or summer for your deciduous and juniper bonsai.

Your learning is enriched as you get to learn from the Master about various species and indeed some very special bonsai trees, are available at the Ma-Ke Bonsai, and those that other attendees bring and indeed from Master Nobuyuki own bonsai collection.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
14 June 2015: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Propagating bonsai and growing your bonsai collection

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
07 June 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
24 May 2015: Specialist Seminar - Deadwood and Shari Carving and Creation
Will Baddeley, a self-taught and self-made Bonsai Artist has been practising the art of bonsai since 1997. Will was launched in to Bonsai limelight, when he represented UK and came third in the New Talent Completion, 2002 in Trevarez, France. Bill who has long had a love for nature and trees, has bought this passion into styling and creating very natural Bonsai. Bill's passion and understanding of native species shows clearly, vividly and passionately in all his work. Will who is a bonsai stylist par-excellence will be helping us develop our Carving Skills to help imporve our Shari and deadwood creation techniques. More on Will Baddeley Sessions lead by Will Baddeley. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
17 May 2015: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
10 May 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
03 May 2015: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Watering and fertilising 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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
26 April 2015: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
19 April 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
12 April 2015: Bonsai Masterclass - Re-potting and spring pruning of conifers and deciduous bonsai

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this workshop shows how to re-pot and root prune conifers and evergreen bonsai trees, for many conifer species this is best carried out after late spring.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their bonsai with them so that they can works on them under the guidance of Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Masterclass attendees, many who have been attending, for years have noticed that their bonsai trees have been improving year on year.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
22 March 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
15 March 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
08 March 2015: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
01 March 2015: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Bonsai Growing Mediums/Soils

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
08 February 2015: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai Art, History, Origins, Styles

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
25 January 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
18 January 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting of Junipers and other Conifer bonsai

The Styling and repotting of Junipers and other Conifers of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on Juniper and conifer but other species can also be worked on if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
11 January 2015: Open Bonsai Workshops - Styling and repotting deciduous bonsai

The Styling and repotting deciduous of bonsai workshop is an un-structured session where enthusiasts are given styling, wiring and repotting advice based on the individual need of the bonsai presented. The work is structured around the season needs of your bonsai species with primary focus on deciduous bonsai but conifer bonsai can also be if required.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
14 December 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Winter Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
07 December 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Autumn Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
16 November 2014: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
19 October 2014: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
12 October 2014: Bonsai Masterclass - Wiring and autumn pruning of deciduous and conifers bonsai species

Each season bonsai have specific pruning requirement. This Masterclass deals primarily with repotting and summer pruning of conifers, primarily Pines. Work will also be carried out on summer pruning of other deciduous bonsai trees.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
05 October 2014: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
28 September 2014: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Choosing a bonsai pot

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, how to choose one that is just right for your Bonsai.

We will help you explore the myriad of bonsai pots available and work with you on in selecting a pot for your bonsai.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
21 September 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Autumn Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
14 September 2014: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
17 August 2014: Bonsai Masterclass - Re-potting of conifers, summer pruning of conifers, pines in particular and deciduous bonsai trees

Each season bonsai have specific pruning requirement. This Masterclass deals primarily with repotting and summer pruning of conifers, primarily Pines. Work will also be carried out on summer pruning of other deciduous bonsai trees.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
10 August 2014: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
27 July 2014: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Creating Bonsai forest groups

During this session 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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
20 July 2014: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
13 July 2014: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
06 July 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Summer Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
29 June 2014: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
22 June 2014: Bonsai Masterclass - Summer pruning for conifers (except pines) and deciduous bonsai trees to encourage inner and finer growth.

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this session deals with the specific pruning teaches pruning requirement or summer for your deciduous and juniper bonsai.

Your learning is enriched as you get to learn from the Master about various species and indeed some very special bonsai trees, are available at the Ma-Ke Bonsai, and those that other attendees bring and indeed from Master Nobuyuki own bonsai collection.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
15 June 2014: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Propagating bonsai and growing your bonsai collection

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 material to bring along with you are most welcome to bring it along and work on it. Plant material will be provide in the class to help you practice and learn the various techniques.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
08 June 2014: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Pruning of Deciduous Species

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
25 May 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Summer Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
18 May 2014: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai History, Origins, Styles and Basic Bonsai Care

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
11 May 2014: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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 head a start for a great bonsai.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
27 April 2014: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Watering and fertilising 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 not to. You should also be able 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 for your bonsai a feeding and watering. A demonstration will be given on creating you very own fertilisers from easily available raw materials.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
13 April 2014: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Botany for the Bonsai Artist

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
06 April 2014: Bonsai Masterclass - Re-potting and Structural pruning for both conifers and deciduous bonsai trees

The Bonsai Masterclass focus on seasonal work that needs to be carried out on your Bonsai, this workshop shows how to re-pot and root prune conifers and evergreen bonsai trees, for many conifer species this is best carried out after late spring.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their bonsai with them so that they can works on them under the guidance of Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Masterclass attendees, many who have been attending, for years have noticed that their bonsai trees have been improving year on year.

Sessions lead by Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
23 March 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Spring Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
16 March 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Spring Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
09 March 2014: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai History, Origins, Styles and Basic Bonsai Care

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
02 March 2014: Specialist Seminar - Bonsai Deadwood Creation and Treatment

Natural aged deadwood on Junipers, Yews and Pines, and with deciduous trees hollows, sharis and age are characters many bonsai artists wish to feature in their bonsai. Unless you pay top dollar for your material you are only left with one option! You must create the deadwood.

Creating 'natural' looking deadwood is an art in itself. Too many tool marks and the bonsai look false and amateurish, over elaborate and decorative and the tree stretches the bounds of good taste so getting the balance right takes skill and expertise. In this Master class Tony will present examples, demonstrate techniques and assist you in creating natural looking deadwood. This one day course will cover, what tools to use, how to 'naturally' age the tree, (including fissured bark on young tees) How to prepare trees for sandblasting and the correct application of lime sulphur and the preservation of deadwood.

Sessions lead by Tony Tickle. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
01 March 2014: Specialist Seminar - Yamadori collecting, establishing and developing

Most of the worlds famous bonsai have been created from trees collected from the wild, Yamadori literally means 'mountain tree' and is one of the most exciting aspects of Bonsai.

Tony Tickle has been collecting Yamadori trees for over 30 years; his personal award winning bonsai collection is made up of entirely native European species including Pines, Hawthorns, Yews and Junipers. Tony collects trees throughout Europe from high mountains to coastal regions and with a survival rate of over 95%.

On this course you will learn how to collect trees from the wild and from urban gardens, the tools and equipment you will need and techniques to improve your survival success rate. You will be shown how to introduce new roots on trees you collect that have little, a radical low cost technique never seen in the UK before. What soils, feed and tonics encourage growth, and placement within your garden that with make the tree thrive.

Participants will receive guidance on what you should collect and what to leave. Tony guides you towards where you should collect, and the techniques he uses to 'find' the best places and most importantly how to get permission.

Sessions lead by Tony Tickle. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
23 February 2014: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Bonsai Growing Mediums/Soils

Since bonsai grow in a very limited amount of soil in a pot, it is essential to get it right. Majority of bonsai trees that dont do well ultimately have their problems stemming in the fact that there is a problem with the medium thatthe bonsai is growing in. It is essential to work towards providing you bonsai with an optimal growing medium. This session we will work with understanding the science of soils, what constitutes a good bonsai soil, how to go about improving the soil in a bonsai pot. We learn how to recognise when your bonsai soil need to be changed, and also to go about doing so with the 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 to gether to re-potting some of your bonsai.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
16 February 2014: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Class - Bonsai History, Origins, Styles and Basic Bonsai Care

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.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments
26 January 2014: Open Bonsai Workshops - Emphasis on Winter Tasks

The Open Bonsai Workshop are free form un-structured sessions that are there for enthusiasts who want to work on their bonsai and are looking for some help, advice or guidance.

To make the most of the workshops participants are encouraged to regularly bring their bonsai to the session so we can see them develop for the year. Many of our students have been with us since the start of the school classes 4 years ago and have seen considerable improvement of their trees. The session are limited to a maximum of 6 attendies the session leader can devote time to each participant and we can also all learn from each others bonsai and projects.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz. Check out our FaceBook Page for Photos and Student Comments

Other Information

Beginners, Advance and Open Sessions are £30 each. 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.

Master Classes are £70 per session. Please book your sessions well in advance. We offer Past year Masterclass students an, Advantage Pack to avail of Block Booking Discounts. 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.

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.

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