Bonsai Society of Victoria has developed an outstanding program for beginners and novices to bonsai.
It is a comprehensive program over three Saturdays which covers all aspects of bonsai to prepare you to understand bonsai, gain knowledge and develop the necessary skills and techniques. The levels of competency and confidence you will acquire through this program will enable participants to successfully enjoy their interest in bonsai.
Morning: 9.00am - 12.00pm
History of Bonsai
A brief talk on the history of Bonsai/Penjing
Five style overview
Focus on formal and informal upright styles
Basic styles – formal, informal, slanting, semi-cascade, cascade
Short demo on a small tree
Which species to start with
Buying stock from nurseries and garden centres
What to look for when buying a bonsai
Foliage, roots, bark, branch structure, taper, trunk line
Basic tools – usage and maintenance
Tools – basic tools, additional tools
Wiring and application
Wiring your bonsai, reasons, when, how, show class on wooden frame
Practise wiring using wiring tree
Afternoon: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Design and application of one style with one tree supplied
Instructor: Mark Ludlow
Mark operates the Master Apprentice Bonsai School and Nursery. He has incredible bonsai skill and experience and has been trained in Japan.
Students will receive a booklet with comprehensive set of notes for each session.
5 suitable trees to style and design during the program (retail value over $60).
Suitable wire and tools for use in practice and wiring of trees.
In the notes there will be information about the bonsai styles to be covered.
The club’s trading table will operate whilst the course is being conducted. If you require tools, wire, pots, etc. These may be purchased at greatly reduced prices.