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 17 December 2017

17 December 2017: 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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21 January 2018: Advanced Bonsai Workshop - Bonsai Tool Care and Sharpening

Bonsai Tool are your friends in your pursuit of creating exquisite show winning bonsai. Sharp clean bonsai tools mean that you can work faster and with less stress to your bonsai. Sharpening your bonsai tools give you a feel and deeper understanding of your tools. We shall show you the tools and kit available an d how you can use them to keep them in tip top shape.

Sessions lead by Mark D'Cruz.
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28 January 2018: 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.
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04 February 2018: 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.
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11 February 2018: 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.
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04 March 2018: 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.
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11 March 2018: 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.
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25 March 2018: 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.
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08 April 2018: 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.
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15 April 2018: 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.
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06 May 2018: 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.
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13 May 2018: Group C - 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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spaces available

03 June 2018: Group A - 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.
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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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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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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.
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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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29 July 2018: Group A - 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.
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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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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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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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23 September 2018: Group A - 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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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.
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spaces available

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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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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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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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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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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spaces available

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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