Thurs., 7:00–8:30 pm, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, and Sat., Oct. 12 (see below for location), 6 sessions
This course will focus on the creation, refinement and care of intermediate-level bonsai trees. The first session will be an overview of the basics: the creation, potting, and routine care (including winter care) of bonsai trees. The second session will be held at 9 am on the Saturday morning following the first class at a local bonsai nursery to select and purchase materials. Expect to spend between $35–$70 on each piece of pre-bonsai material. If you already have some substantial pre-bonsai material (NOT finished trees!), then purchasing trees will be optional. Each class will start with a half-hour presentation. The remainder of the class will be hands-on work on our trees, how to make your own high-quality bonsai soil at low cost, and a review of
where to buy every tool and supply you will need to grow bonsai will be discussed. Other topics we may cover include: bending branches using guy wires, creating deadwood, tool sharpening, use of raffia for extreme branch bending, etc.
Materials: Your fee includes 3 gallons of bonsai soil, which we will make from ingredients in one of our classes. You will be expected to have a ½ kilogram roll of aluminum bonsai wire in 2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm, and 3.5 mm sizes. If you don’t have these, I can assist you in purchasing them online for about $12 per roll. You will also need to supply or purchase your own pots as needed.
Prerequisites: Princeton Adult School “Bonsai for Beginners” class, or students who have worked on their own bonsai for at least one year and who own a concave branch cutter and shear are also eligible for this course.