Mă-Kè School of Bonsai Calendar

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.

Class Schedule as of 27 May 2018

Sun, 03 June 2018: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Course - Pruning of Deciduous Species Sold Out

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.
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Only 1 spaces left

Sat, 09 June 2018: Specialist Seminar - Chinese Penjing
This session explores, in depth, Penjing, the ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, and groups of trees represented in miniature landscapes. Attendees will get a chance of creating one of these delicately balanced landscapes while learning the role and significance of each of the individual elements in the expression of this style of bonsai. Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz.
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Sun, 10 June 2018: 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.
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Sun, 17 June 2018: 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.
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Sat, 23 June 2018: Open Bonsai Studio - Everygreen Broadleaf bonsai Summer pruning 2 seat/s left

Everygreen Broadleaf bonsai Summer pruning, Open Bonsai Studio 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.
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Sun, 24 June 2018: 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.
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Sat, 07 July 2018: Open Bonsai Studio - Juniper and Conifer bonsai Summer pruning

Everygreen Broadleaf bonsai Summer pruning, Open Bonsai Studio 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.
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spaces available

Sun, 08 July 2018: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Course - 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.
Book Now

spaces available

Sun, 15 July 2018: 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.
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Sat, 21 July 2018: Specialist Seminar - Kokedama
Kokedama is a traditional Japanese horticultural art form, which literally translated means moss balls and were often used as accent plants in bonsai displays in a Tokonama. Today they have taken on a life-form all off their own and fast becoming a worldwide horticultural sensation. We will explore how to grow Kokedama to be used as accent for your bonsai or indeed just to create a whole collection of vibrant bonsai like plants for your bright living room, kitchen or conservatory. Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz.
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Sun, 22 July 2018: 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.
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Sun, 29 July 2018: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Course - Conifer Species Bonsai Pruning Sold Out

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.
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Only 1 spaces left

Sun, 05 August 2018: 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.
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Sun, 12 August 2018: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Root-Over-Rock Bonsai

Bonsai Over Rock bonsai style is a popular style on display at many of the national bonsai shows and one everyone want to have in their collection. We shall spend the day exploring this advance Bonsai Style and how we can go about creating it. We will explore various type of Rocks how they can be used, how to select a suitable tree for root on rock compositions and finally we will end up make and designing a root on rock bonsai. As with other Advance Workshops you can bring your own materials to make a Root-Over-Rock bonsai or we can provide you with the materials to make the composition. The Kits are available for £ 45, which includes a suitable rock, a miniature bonsai, and growing mediums and all materials to complete the project.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz.
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spaces available

Sat, 18 August 2018: Specialist Seminar - Bonsai Lighting and Heating
All Bonsai need heat and light to survive, we will take a robust look at lighting science and its application to plants and bonsai. We will then look at how to apply this to our bonsai. We look at strategies of providing suitable lighting and heating to keep our bonsai healthy and vibrant especially during the long dark cold months of winter. We look at ways of applying what we learn to our bonsai collection be there one bonsai or one hundred bonsai. Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz.
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Sat, 25 August 2018: Open Bonsai Workshops - Pine Bonsai Repoting, Pruning, Styling and Wiring

Pine Bonsai Repoting, Pruning, Styling and Wiring, Open Bonsai Studio, 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 seasonal 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.
Book Now

spaces available

Sun, 02 September 2018: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Course - 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.
Book Now

spaces available

Sat, 08 September 2018: Open Bonsai Workshops - Autumn Pruning and Wiring of deciduous bonsai 2 seat/s left

Autumn Pruning and Wiring of deciduous bonsai, Open Bonsai Studio, 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 seasonal 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.
Book Now

Only 2 spaces left

Sun, 09 September 2018: 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.
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Sun, 23 September 2018: Group A - Beginners Bonsai Course - Autumn Care for Bonsai Trees Sold Out

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.
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Only 1 spaces left

Sun, 30 September 2018: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Course - 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.
Book Now

spaces available

Sat, 13 October 2018: Open Bonsai Workshops - Winter Preperation and Care of deciduous bonsai

Autumn Pruning and Wiring of deciduous bonsai, Open Bonsai Studio, 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 seasonal 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.
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spaces available

Sun, 14 October 2018: 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.
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spaces available

Sun, 21 October 2018: 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.
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Sun, 04 November 2018: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Course - 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.
Book Now

spaces available

Sun, 11 November 2018: Group C - Beginners Bonsai Course - 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.
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spaces available

Sun, 18 November 2018: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Bonsai Display

Traditionally in Japan, the goal of bonsai development was for it to be displayed it in a Tokonoma for the enjoyment of visiting guest. In the Western World, we have adopted that style of Bonsai display for Exhibition Display. This session we will study how to display bonsai in the traditional setting, ie, for Bonsai Exhibitions, and how we can display and present our bonsai for our everyday enjoyment in our gardens and homes. We will study examples of bonsai gardens and how we can design them into our settings.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz.
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Sat, 24 November 2018: Open Bonsai Workshops - Conifer Bonsai Preperation and Care over winter

Conifer Bonsai Preperation and Care for winter, Open Bonsai Studio, 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 seasonal 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.
Book Now

spaces available

Sun, 02 December 2018: Group B - Beginners Bonsai Course - 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.
Book Now

spaces available

Sun, 09 December 2018: 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.
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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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