The Bonsai Development Intensive is a three-day course for enthusiasts who enjoy growing bonsai at different stages of development. We’ll cover refinement techniques such as wiring and styling as well as basic approaches to creating bonsai from seed, from cutting, or from field-grown material.
My goal for the Development Intensive is to help you identify the next steps required to improve a tree and to provide you with opportunities to practice making these improvements using trees from my collection.
The topics and techniques covered in a given session will vary from season to season and may include watering, monitoring and managing tree health, fertilizing, cutback and thinning, wound treatment, sacrifice branches, layering, needle pulling, defoliation, grafting, heavy bending, creating deadwood, and wiring and styling. Unlike other bonsai intensive programs, the Development Intensive will focus on refinement techniques AND basic development techniques for improving young trees.
We’ll work on different species throughout the year including azalea, crabapple, juniper (domestic species and shimpaku), maple (Japanese and trident), oak (cork and coast live), plum, pine (black and red), and quince (Chinese and flowering).
Depending on interest, the Development Intensive may become a multi-year program held three or four times a year.
Who This Course is For
Although the Development Intensive is open to students of all levels, it is best suited to those with concrete goals for improving their collections. Bonsai nursery professionals and growers are welcome as the topics covered apply to nursery management and stock development as well as they do to improving private collections.
What to Bring
- Basic bonsai tools (pliers, wire cutters, branch cutters, scissors, etc.). Large tools (jacks, rebar) and power tools will be available on-site. Bonsai wire (copper and aluminum), raffia, and other supplies will be provided.
- Spring 2019: June 21-23
- Cost: $650 for three days. Enrollment is limited to four participants per session. Minimum enrollment is two students.
- Courses will be held at my garden in Alameda, California, fifteen minutes by car from Oakland International Airport.
- Each session runs Friday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Optional evening sessions are available for self-guided study.
- Lunch and dinner are included; you provide your own lodging.
- Call (510-915-2025) or to register. Once your registration has been confirmed, send a $200 deposit to reserve your space. Although the deposit isn’t refundable, you can apply it toward a future course in the event of a cancellation.
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