Bonsai Specialism Workshops

The Bonsai School Specialism Workshops introduce specialist species and areas of Bonsai Art. The Workshops aims to adding to your skills in a more focused and concentrated way the many bonsai species and artistic skills of Bonsai and it's ancillary arts. These Workshops are open to all levels of enthusiast.

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Native Broadleafs for Bonsai

Growing Native and Naturalised Species as bonsai is becoming very popular in the UK and indeed a lot of Europe too. The demand for them far outstrips their supply which means that even the most modest of Native bonsai command a significantly higher price than imported bonsai of comparable maturity. We will look at strategies and systems for growing native species for bonsai and which species lend themselves naturally to bonsai. We will look at the common species as beech, hornbeam, Silver Birch, English Elm, Oaks and explore more exotic European species such as Willows, Alders, Conkers and lots more.
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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.
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Junipers as Bonsai

Juniper have always been a very popular species for bonsai. Indeed, many specimens of Juniper are widely available in Japan and around the world. We will explore in depth the more commonly used species for bonsai such as the Chinese Juniper, Common Juniper, Rigida Juiper, Sabina Juniper, Common Juniper, Squamata and others.
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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.
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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.
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Japanese Pines

Pines in Japanese and many Asian cultures are considered holy and revered trees. Matsu the Japanese word for Pine mean waiting for gods soul to descend from heaven. In this module, we will look at three Popular Japanese pine species Black, White and Red Pines. You will learn to identify, care for and cultivate these species with the graciousness and reverence they deserve.
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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.
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Other Information

Specialist Workshops tution start from £50. Participants are encouraged to book their places well in advance, by paying the online booking fees £20 book fee which is to be paid online. 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.

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