Juniperus
                        chinensis (Chinese Juniper)
Juniperus
                        chinensis (Chinese Juniper)
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Club Bonsai Workshop Program
 
 

Personalised, single student workshops are now normally run at the Palmyra Western Farmers Market on Sunday mornings, from around 08:30am until 10:30am.

Liana, our very own resident Bonsai guru is the presenter...

Important Pre-Workshop Comments from Liana:
To help me prepare your personal package I can use some information from you. Please note that your Bonsai will live outdoors in a protected area in either full sun or part shade, never full shade or within a building. Itís like a prison for them and they need fresh air just like you and I.

If you are bringing your own pots:
Please advise the size, shape, colour, clay or plastic etc. I will then bring enough supplies to satisfy our Bonsai activity.

If you are bringing your own tree:
Please advise the species and size eg. Moreton Bay Fig, Ficus macrophylla, Olive, Peach, Juniper... Also their heights - 40 cm tall, large fat trunk, in a deep pot, in a shallow pot, overgrown, bushy etc.

The space where your Bonsai will live:
Patio, balcony, shade house, empty bird bath, garden bed on bricks,brick fence, shady corner, sunny corner, windy strip, near swimming pool, near ocean, etc. (not indoors at all). Glass blocks radical elements of sunlight which are essential for tree growth.

Your personal likes in a Bonsai:
Exposed roots on rocks, classical Japanese Juniper, Fig forest with relaxing path and greenery, windswept, flowering with fruit, deciduous etc.

Your watering system:
Automatic reticulation (retic) on outside tap with timer, bore retic, no retic, hose and tap and time to relax and water by hand, water Bottle with nozzle. Regular daily summer watering is essential. Autumn is much less, winter is once a month, spring - depends.

Purpose of the Bonsai:
Celebration gift for loved friend or family, personal new project, repair of current Bonsai, addition to collection, donation to annual collection eg red cross, school fete, Christmas gift/gifts. Wedding gift, Birthday gift, get well soon gift.

I donít need to know everything but thought that you might like to see the kind of information that will be important in owning a Bonsai and prior to presentation, in keeping it healthy.

Ongoing care is essential and I always offer advice and tutoring as long as you need, any season, any year. A Bonsai becomes a photosynthesizing pet and does need human care to survive and stay beautiful. Please visit me, Liana for ongoing Bonsai care...

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Workshop Outlines: 

Bonsai 1A - Introduction to Bonsai Cultivation
Sunday Session Mini Workshop at Palmyra Western Farmers Market

Entrance Prerequisite:
Basic gardening knowledge and the interest to learn

Course Outline:
Create your own Bonsai to take home and learn to choose the appropriate plants, soils and pots. The following are covered in this course:
1. Bonsai horticultural theory.
2. Bonsai selection, trimming, wiring and potting.
3. Bonsai after care- pesticides, watering and lighting.

Course Package includes:
1. Workshop Notes, 24x A4 size pages.
2. Specialized soil mix and requirements for individual Bonsai.
3. Ground covers, rocks and gravel.
4. Copper wire, mesh and little accessories as required.

Items to bring from home or purchase:
1. A Bonsai tree that requires TLC.
2. A tree that you want to make into a Bonsai.
3. A Bonsai pot or pots that you want to use.
4. Any bits and pieces that you would like to use in a Bonsai garden eg rocks, driftwood, shells figurines, ornaments, memento or old jewels etc.

Fees and Charges:
$25.00 - This fee includes our tuition, workshop notes and all media eg. Soil, gravel, wire, mesh, ground covers, for preparation of a Bonsai. Please bring with you or purchase a tree and pot from our stock for the preparation of a Bonsai. Pots and tree prices start from $15.00.

Bonsai 2A - Three Bonsai
Sunday Session Mini Workshop at Palmyra Western Farmers Market

Entrance Prerequisite:
Knowledge of gardening and Bonsai

Course Outline:
Create 3 or more Christmas or Birthday Bonsai to take home using different trees and different styles and learn to choose the appropriate plants, soils and pots. Eg Create a root over rock style, informal style and raft style Bonsai.

Fees and Charges:
$25.00 - This fee includes our tuition, workshop notes and all media eg. Soil, gravel, wire, mesh, ground covers, for preparation of a Bonsai. Please bring with you or purchase 3 trees and pots from our stock for the preparation of a Bonsai. Pots and tree prices start from $15.00.

Bonsai 3A - Creating a Bonsai Forest
Sunday Session Mini Workshop at Palmyra Western Farmers Market

Entrance Prerequisite:
Knowledge of gardening and Bonsai

Course Outline:
Create a Forest to your liking.

Fees and Charges:
$25.00 - This fee includes our tuition, workshop notes and all media eg. Soil, gravel, wire, mesh, ground covers, for preparation of a Bonsai. Please bring with you 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 small trees and 1 pot to suit a forest Bonsai style. Or purchase from our Bonsai and pot stock for the preparation of a Bonsai. Shallow forest pots start from $25.00 and young trees or tree seedlings prices start from $2.00.

Bonsai 4A - BYO Bring your own Bonsai for Summer or Winter care
Sunday Session Mini Workshop at Palmyra Western Farmers Market

Entrance Prerequisite:
None

Course Outline:
Prepare your Bonsai for the seasonal changes

Fees and Charges:
$25.00 - This fee includes our tuition, workshop notes and all media eg. Soil, gravel, wire, mesh, ground covers, for preparation of a Bonsai. Please bring with you your Bonsai that needs professional help to bring back to shape or save from sickness or worse.  If you bring along more than one Bonsai to receive treatment, then we will repair the most needy one as part of the workshop.  The advise or work on the other Bonsai incur a charge ($5 or more - depending on many factors).

Bonsai 5A - MicroBonsai
Sunday Session Mini Workshop at Palmyra Western Farmers Market

Entrance Prerequisite:
Knowledge of gardening and Bonsai

Course Outline:
Create a range of bonsai smaller than 15cm in height, in miniature Bonsai pots

Fees and Charges:
$25.00 - This fee includes our tuition, workshop notes and all media eg. Soil, gravel, wire, mesh, ground covers, for preparation of a Bonsai. Please bring with you or purchase miniature Bonsai pots and young trees.  Miniature Bonsai pots start from $5.00 and young trees start from $1.50. Please contact Liana for advise on choosing your workshop pots and trees prior to booking a workshop.

Bonsai 6A Ė Bonsai Propagation Techniques
Sunday Session Mini Workshop at Palmyra Western Farmers Market

Entrance Prerequisite:
Knowledge of gardening and Bonsai

Course Outline:
Learn to create your own Bonsai from cuttings, seed germination, grafting and layering. You will have at least 5 different pots of seeds and cuttings to take home. We cover all aspects of germination and long term care.

Fees and Charges:
$35.00 - This fee includes our tuition, workshop notes and all media eg. Soil, gravel, wire, mesh, ground covers, for preparation of a Bonsai. Please bring with you or purchase a tree and pot from our stock for the preparation of a Bonsai. Pots and tree prices start from $15.00.

Bonsai 7A Ė Bonsai on Slate
Sunday Session Mini Workshop at Palmyra Western Farmers Market

Entrance Prerequisite:
Knowledge of gardening and Bonsai

Course Outline:
Create a Bonsai growing on a slate

Fees and Charges:
$35.00 - This fee includes our tuition, workshop notes and all media eg. Soil, gravel, wire, mesh, ground covers, for preparation of a Bonsai. Please bring with you or purchase a tree and a piece of slate from our stock for the preparation of a Bonsai. Slate and tree prices start from $15.00.

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Please Contact Us Here to register your interest in our Club Bonsai Workshops and we will forward you an enrolment form.

You can see a history of past Club Bonsai and TAFE workshops here.

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