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Workshop Course Outlines

The Australian Bonsai Gallery is offering a number of Bonsai Workshops from Beginner to Advanced levels.

All of our Bonsai Workshops are held in The Australian Bonsai Gallery among our collection developed over the last 45 years.

Our Bonsai Workshops are held over one day, from 10:00am till 3:00pm and numbers are limited to 3 students per workshop, (Due to COVID-19 restrictions).   

Extended, 'one-on-one' workshops can also be scheduled by appointment.... Contact Us


 

Intended Audience

The Beginners Bonsai Workshop is suitable for anyone interested in 'kick-starting'  their journey into the world of Bonsai.

Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  • identify plants suitable for bonsai
  • recognise the defined styles of bonsai
  • select appropriate containers, soil and fertiliser for
    different bonsai tree species
  • basics of prune and wire a plant to create a bonsai
  • repot a bonsai proficiently (seasonal)
  • start to maintain and cultivate a successful bonsai.

Content

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • history of bonsai
  • Japanese traditional bonsai
  • suitable specimens for bonsai, both Native & Exotic
  • various bonsai styles
  • pots and containers: textures, shapes, sizes, colours
  • bonsai soils.
  • required equipment: tools for potting, wiring and
    pruning.
  • wiring techniques
  • pruning techniques
  • re-potting (seasonal)
  • maintenance: light, water, fertiliser
  • pests and diseases in bonsai.

Delivery style

Delivered in an interactive workshop environment..

Bonsai trees, equipment, soil components and tools
are displayed and various forms of bonsai are presented
within the bonsai gallery.

Materials

  • Wire and bonsai tools are provided.
  • Students are to provide a suitable tree to work on.*
    * Please ask for advice before attending.




Intended Audience

The Intermediate Bonsai Workshop is suitable for anyone interested in taking their basic knowledge to the next level in their journey through the world of Bonsai.

Workshop Outline

Unlike the beginners workshop, this day will be much less formal.  Students will focus more on their specific requirements.

We will:

  • Re-visit some of the content of the Beginners Workshop.
  • Improve, and build on your basic skill-set.
  • Focus on the aspects of bonsai cultivation of your choice.

 

Intended Audience

Our Individual Bonsai Workshops are designed as 'one-on-one' private tuition sessions delivered specifically to focus on your bonsai special needs.  They are focused on the experienced individual wishing to broaden their skills and knowledge. 

For example the sessions may focus on:

  • Japanese Black, red, or White pine refinement,
  • a restyling of an established bonsai,
  • rehabilitation of an old bonsai,
  • refinement work on any species
  • a re-style and re-potting session

..... or anything you wish to focus on.

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