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Novice Program: Session 1

  • East Kew Uniting Church 142 Normanby Road Kew East, VIC, 3102 Australia (map)

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


Stock selection

  • 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.

Material supplied

  • 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.

Trading Table

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.

Earlier Event: September 23
September Club Meeting
Later Event: October 12
BSV Bonsai Show