2021-2022 Ongoing Class schedule

Due to the popularity of these classes and size restrictions reservations must be made in advance by calling the nursery at 818 343-4090  or emailing  kimurabonsai64@gmail.com at least two weeks prior to the dates you want. You can book up to 4 classes at one time. 

Classes meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month in two sessions. The morning session start at 9:30am and ends at 12 noon. The afternoon session starts at 1pm and ends at 3:30pm.

Each session is 2 1/2 hrs. and costs $30  including the use of tools, soil, wire etc.. Students can bring their own tree or purchase one here. 

Each student will receive expert instruction on whatever seasonally appropriate techniques each tree requires. Because each student has something different there is always a variety of information being given out.

 

There will also be a Tuesday evening class with the same format on the 2nd Tuesday night of each month from 7Pm until 930 pm. 

Contact nursery or keep on eye on website for info on Visiting Artist workshops with some of the finest bonsai artists in the world.

We are also available for private one on one or small group sessions. Contact nursery for more details.

We can also do corporate team events and bonsai birthday parties, contact us to set something up.

2021-2022 Exhibition Quality Bonsai Development Workshops

Southern California Bonsai Artist Michael Roberts will lead each workshop participant through the step-by-step development of nursery stock into exhibition quality bonsai. Using 2-5 gallon sized pre-bonsai material, participants will learn the various steps and techniques necessary to turn nursery-grown material into exhibition quality bonsai. Steps and seasonally appropriate techniques include: transplanting techniques; aesthetic branch placement concepts; seasonally timed trimming techniques particular to each tree type; wiring; feeding; watering and growth processes to develop amazing trees in a very efficient manner. Michael has developed many of these bonsai techniques over the course of his own study of this timeless art. Today, many of his trees are prize-winning specimens, always stopping other practitioners and casual viewers in their tracks when shown. Visit Michael’s Face Book page to see examples of his trees. 

Monthly classes and prices include: pre-bonsai material (as noted in monthly schedule); custom wooden training box (when seasonal transplanting is appropriate as noted in monthly schedule); soil; wire and in-class use of specialty bonsai tools if needed.  Each workshop is limited to 8 participants unless noted otherwise.

 

Saturday October 9, 2021. 9am-12:30pm - San Jose Juniper Development Using 2-gallon 8-10 year old junipers and seasonally appropriate techniques Michael will show you how to get started on the right path and provide a ‘road map’ to follow to turn these pre-bonsai San Jose’s into exhibition quality bonsai.  

Cost - $125.00

Saturday November 13, 2021. 9am-12:30 pm - Chinese Quince Development

Using seasonally appropriate techniques and seed grown 5-6 year old pre-bonsai Chinese Quince, Michael will explain the path to maximize the positives and overcome the negatives to develop specimen quality Chinese Quince bonsai. 

Cost - $140.00

Saturday December 11, 2021. 9am-12:30 pm - Chinese Hackberry Development

Using 2-gallon Chinese Hackberry’s and seasonal techniques, Michael will lead the way to developing fine quality bonsai from this somewhat overlooked material. Includes tree, wooden training box, soil and wire if necessary. 

Cost - $135.00

Saturday January 8, 2022. 9am-12:30 pm - Chinese Elm Development

Using 5-gallon 8-10 year old Chinese Elms Michael will guide you through the steps to create a fine elm bonsai including the use of wood training boxes. Includes tree, wooden training box, soil and wire if necessary. 

Cost - $175.00

Saturday February 12, 2022. 9am-12:30 pm - Catlin Elm Development

Using 2-gallon Catlin elm pre-bonsai and seasonal techniques such as planting into wooden training boxes. Michael again leads you down the path to bonsai excellence. Includes tree, wooden training box, soil and wire if necessary.   

Cost - $140.00 

Saturday March 12, 2022. 9am-12:30 pm - Japanese Black Pine Development

Using seed grown 2-gallon Japanese Black Pines Michael will set you up for developing a quality Japanese Black Pine bonsai starting with planting into a training box and a guide forward for the necessary timing and techniques. Includes tree and wooden training box, soil and wire if necessary. 

Cost - $160.0

Saturday afternoon BYOT Workshop

 

Resident guest artist will be conducting a bring your own tree (or purchase one here) workshop on this second Saturday afternoon of each month from 1:30 pm until 4 pm. Michael will enable each student to use traditional and self-created techniques to bring your trees to the next level. Michael has developed many of these bonsai techniques over the course of his own study of this timeless art. Today, many of his trees are prize-winning specimens, always stopping other practitioners and casual viewers in their tracks when shown. Visit Michael’s Face Book page to see examples of his trees.

Classes are on the second Saturday afternoon of each month starting October 9th 2021. The cost is $30 and includes the use of tools to borrow and wire as needed as well as some of the best instruction available. Classes are limited to 8 people and will fill up so call the nursery to reserve your spot today.  818 343-4090 or email  kimurabonsai64@gmail.com