Bonsai Societies of Florida: Workshops

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Bonsai Societies of Florida: Workshops

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Workshops listed below are available for purchase.

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Workshop 1


Mastering Cedar Elm Techniques
(Ulmus crassifolia)

Instructor: Elsa Boudouri
Workshop Cost: $150

Welcome to the captivating world of bonsai! In this immersive class, we invite you to embark on a journey of learning and refinement as we delve into the art and techniques of cultivating cedar elm bonsai trees. Our expert instructors will guide you through the intricacies of working with this magnificent species, providing you with the knowledge and skills to transform your cedar elm bonsai into a living masterpiece.

Course Outline:

  • Understanding the specific lighting needs of cedar elm bonsai.
  • Learning how to optimize light exposure for healthy growth and development.
  • Exploring different lighting techniques, including artificial lighting options.
  • Studying the ideal temperature ranges for cedar elm bonsai.
  • Managing temperature variations throughout the year to ensure optimal health.
  • Implementing protective measures during extreme weather conditions.
  • Discovering the delicate balance of watering cedar elm bonsai.
  • Mastering watering techniques, including proper frequency and volume.
  • Identifying signs of under or over-watering and their remedies.
  • Understanding the nutritional requirements of cedar elm bonsai.
  • Exploring various fertilizers and their application methods.
  • Developing a customized fertilization schedule to support vigorous growth.
  • Learning the principles and techniques of cedar elm bonsai pruning.
  • Identifying different types of pruning cuts and their purposes.
  • Practicing structural pruning for shaping and refining bonsai aesthetics.
  • Exploring propagation methods specific to cedar elm bonsai.
  • Understanding the intricacies of seed germination and cutting propagation.
  • Nurturing and caring for young cedar elm bonsai saplings.
  • Identifying common pests and diseases that affect cedar elm bonsai.
  • Learning preventative measures and early intervention strategies.
  • Studying organic and chemical treatments for maintaining a healthy bonsai.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the class, you will have hands-on opportunities to apply the techniques discussed, receiving personalized guidance from our experienced instructors. Moreover, you will gain a profound appreciation for the artistry and patience required to create and maintain a thriving cedar elm bonsai.

By the end of this class, you will possess the expertise and confidence to continue your bonsai journey, cherishing the beauty and tranquility that comes with cultivating your very own cedar elm bonsai masterpiece.

Workshop 2


Mastering the Art of Tropical Bonsai Care

Instructor: Jose E. Rodriguez
Workshop Cost: $120

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of bonsai with our in-depth course focusing on the cultivation and care of mixed tropical trees. This comprehensive workshop is designed for both bonsai enthusiasts and curious beginners, offering hands-on training in essential bonsai techniques.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through the core aspects of bonsai care and maintenance. Explore the delicate art of pruning, learn to train your trees to achieve your desired aesthetic, and discover how to provide the ideal water and light conditions for different tropical species.

Dive deep into the life cycle of tropical trees, understanding their flowering patterns, and how best to fertilize for optimal growth and bloom. Demystify the process of re-potting to ensure your bonsai continue to thrive, and gain insights into the critical seasonal considerations for different tropical species.

To complement your hands-on learning, the workshop will also cover the identification and management of common pests and diseases. You will learn preventative strategies and effective treatment techniques to keep your bonsai healthy and vibrant.

By the end of this intensive course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to cultivate and care for a diverse range of tropical bonsai trees. We will provide you with the theoretical and practical experience to confidently continue your bonsai journey at home.

Join us for this exceptional opportunity to nurture your green thumb, enhance your bonsai skills, and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of working with these miniature masterpieces. Uncover the secrets of bonsai and let the world of tropical trees inspire and captivate you.

Embrace the timeless tradition of bonsai and become a part of this living art form. Spaces are limited, so register today and begin your journey into the magnificent world of tropical bonsai.

Workshop 3


The Art and Beauty of the Bougainvillea

Instructor: Jose E. Rodriguez
Workshop Cost: $125

Join us for an immersive and comprehensive bonsai class that focuses exclusively on the art of cultivating Bougainvillea, a captivating plant known for its vibrant and showy flowers. Whether you’re a bonsai enthusiast or a beginner looking to explore the world of miniature trees, this class is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to nurture and shape the Bougainvillea into a breathtaking bonsai masterpiece.

Throughout this interactive and hands-on workshop, our experienced instructors will guide you through a wide range of topics, ensuring a holistic understanding of the unique requirements of Bougainvillea bonsai. We will cover the following essential techniques:

Course Outline:

Understand the specific lighting needs of Bougainvillea bonsai and learn how to provide optimal conditions for healthy growth and abundant flowering. Discover the nuances of balancing sunlight exposure to maximize the plant’s vitality and aesthetic appeal.

Master the art of watering Bougainvillea bonsai, striking the delicate balance between hydration and avoiding waterlogged roots. Learn the importance of proper drainage, moisture control, and techniques for maintaining the right moisture levels throughout the changing seasons.

Explore the world of bonsai soil mixes and discover the ideal composition for Bougainvillea bonsai. Gain insights into soil pH, drainage, and substrate selection, ensuring your tree thrives in a healthy and well-structured growing medium.

Learn the art of pot selection and repotting techniques tailored to Bougainvillea bonsai. Understand the significance of pot size, shape, and material, as well as the appropriate timing and methods for safely transferring your bonsai to new containers.

Delve into the realm of bonsai nutrition and understand the specific nutrient requirements of Bougainvillea bonsai. Master the application of fertilizers, organic or synthetic, and discover the importance of timing and dosage to support optimal growth and flowering.

Discover the art of shaping and training your Bougainvillea bonsai to evoke a sense of artistic expression. Learn various pruning techniques, including branch selection, wiring, and pinching, to achieve the desired form and enhance the plant’s natural beauty.

Gain knowledge on common pests and diseases that affect Bougainvillea bonsai. Learn how to identify and address these issues promptly, exploring preventive measures and treatment options to ensure the health and vitality of your miniature masterpiece.

Our class combines theoretical instruction with practical demonstrations, allowing you to observe and participate in each step of the process. You’ll receive personalized guidance from our instructors, who will share their extensive experience and answer your questions to ensure you grasp the intricacies of Bougainvillea bonsai care.

By the end of this bonsai masterclass, you will possess a deep understanding of the unique techniques required to cultivate and maintain stunning Bougainvillea bonsai trees. Whether you aspire to create your own miniature garden or simply appreciate the artistry of bonsai, this class will empower you with the knowledge and skills to nurture and enjoy these captivating living artworks. Enroll now and embark on an enchanting journey into the world of Bougainvillea bonsai.

Workshop 4


Bonsai Class: Discover the Beauty of Jaboticaba Bonsai (Plinia cauliflora)

Instructor: Elsa Boudouri
Workshop Cost: $150

Welcome to our Jaboticaba Bonsai Masterclass, a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the art of cultivating and shaping Plinia cauliflora, commonly known as Jaboticaba or Jabuticaba, into awe-inspiring bonsai trees. Whether you’re a seasoned bonsai enthusiast or a beginner with a passion for horticulture, this class is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to nurture and develop your Jaboticaba bonsai to its full potential.

Course Outline:

In this comprehensive workshop, our expert instructors will guide you through various topics, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the specific techniques required to grow and maintain Jaboticaba bonsai. The following areas will be covered:

Gain a deep understanding of Jaboticaba’s unique watering needs. Learn about the delicate balance between hydration and avoiding waterlogged roots, and discover effective techniques for maintaining optimal soil moisture. Our instructors will provide insights on watering frequency, the importance of drainage, and methods to adapt watering practices based on seasonal variations.

Explore the world of bonsai soil mixes and discover the ideal soil composition for Jaboticaba bonsai. Learn about the importance of a well-draining soil structure, appropriate pH levels, and the benefits of organic components. Understand how soil selection impacts root health and overall tree development.

Master the art of providing proper nutrition to your Jaboticaba bonsai. Understand the specific nutrient requirements and explore various fertilizer types and application techniques. Discover the importance of balanced fertilization and seasonal adjustments to support robust growth, vibrant foliage, and bountiful fruiting.

 Learn the essential skills and techniques for re-potting Jaboticaba bonsai. Understand the optimal timing, appropriate pot size, and proper root pruning and development during the re-potting process. Gain insights into maintaining root health and promoting a strong foundation for your bonsai’s future growth.

Discover the art of shaping and refining your Jaboticaba bonsai through precise trimming and pinching techniques. Learn how to achieve the desired form, enhance branch ramification, and stimulate new growth. Our instructors will demonstrate the importance of selective pruning to maintain balance and harmonize your bonsai’s overall aesthetic.

Throughout the masterclass, you will have ample opportunities to observe and practice these techniques under the guidance of our experienced instructors. They will provide personalized instruction, share valuable tips and tricks, and answer your questions to ensure a comprehensive understanding of Jaboticaba bonsai care.

By the end of this Jaboticaba Bonsai Masterclass, you will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to cultivate and nurture magnificent Jaboticaba bonsai trees. Whether you aspire to create your own serene bonsai garden or simply appreciate the beauty of this species, this class will empower you to bring out the full potential of your Jaboticaba bonsai. Enroll now and embark on a transformative bonsai journey with the enchanting Plinia cauliflora.

Workshop 5


The Art of Crepe Myrtle Bonsai (Lagerstroemia indica)– Mastering the Timeless Techniques

Instructor: Elsa Boudouri
Workshop Cost: $160

Join us for an immersive bonsai class that delves into the captivating world of Crepe Myrtle, an exquisite tree species known for its graceful beauty and delicate features. This comprehensive workshop will provide you with the essential knowledge and practical skills needed to cultivate and care for Crepe Myrtle bonsai trees. Whether you are a seasoned bonsai enthusiast or just starting out on your bonsai journey, this class offers something for everyone.

Course Highlight:

Begin by discovering the unique characteristics and aesthetic appeal of Crepe Myrtle bonsai trees. Learn about the intricate details of their delicate flowers, striking bark, and distinctive growth patterns, which make them a favorite choice among bonsai enthusiasts.

Master the art of proper watering techniques tailored specifically to Crepe Myrtle bonsai. Explore the importance of maintaining a delicate balance between hydration and avoiding overwatering, ensuring the health and vitality of your bonsai.

Unlock the secrets to nourishing your Crepe Myrtle bonsai, ensuring its vigor and overall well-being. Gain insights into selecting the right fertilizers, understanding the ideal nutrient ratios, and implementing an effective fertilization regimen to stimulate healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

Learn the art of shaping and refining your Crepe Myrtle bonsai through expert pruning and trimming techniques. Discover the precise moments for trimming branches, leaves, and buds to maintain the desired shape, encourage back-budding, and create the illusion of age in your miniature tree.

Explore the vital process of re-potting and root maintenance, which contributes to the long-term health and stability of your Crepe Myrtle bonsai. Learn the right soil composition, potting techniques, and optimal timing for re-potting, ensuring proper root development and overall tree vigor.

Delve into the artistic aspects of bonsai as you uncover the principles of styling and design specific to Crepe Myrtle bonsai trees. Discover how to create harmony between the tree’s form, branch structure, and pot selection, allowing your bonsai to captivate viewers with its natural beauty.

Equip yourself with knowledge on identifying common issues, pests, and diseases that may affect Crepe Myrtle bonsai. Explore preventive measures and treatment options to maintain the health and vitality of your miniature masterpiece.

Put your newfound knowledge into practice as you engage in hands-on sessions guided by experienced bonsai masters. Receive personalized attention and guidance as you refine your skills and techniques, allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of Crepe Myrtle bonsai cultivation.

Connect with like-minded bonsai enthusiasts, build lasting relationships, and expand your bonsai network within a supportive community. Engage in enriching discussions, share experiences, and celebrate the beauty of Turk’s Cap bonsai together.

Join us on this captivating bonsai journey and unlock the secrets to cultivating the Turk’s Cap bonsai with finesse. Immerse yourself in the timeless art form, nurture your passion for nature, and embark on a transformative experience that will leave you captivated by the elegance and grace of your Turk’s Cap bonsai masterpiece.

Workshop 6


Bonsai Class: Discover the Elegance of Turk’s Cap Bonsai

Instructor: Jose E Rodriguez
Workshop Cost:
$125

Welcome to our enchanting bonsai class dedicated to the art of cultivating Turk’s Cap, a remarkable tree known for its captivating blooms and close relation to the hibiscus family. Often referred to as Turk’s cap mallow or wax mallow, this captivating species shares a historical connection with the mallow family, the very origin of marshmallows. Its graceful appearance and unique floral display make it a fascinating choice for bonsai enthusiasts seeking to explore new horizons.

Course Highlight:

Immerse yourself in the world of Turk’s Cap bonsai as we delve into the fascinating characteristics of this delicate tree. Discover its botanical origins, explore its close relationship with the hibiscus family, and appreciate its striking resemblance to the sleeping hibiscus (Malvaviscus arboreus), with Turk’s Cap flowers gracefully hanging down.

Master the art of providing the optimal water requirements for your Turk’s Cap bonsai. Learn about the specific watering needs of this species, understanding the delicate balance between avoiding waterlogging and ensuring proper hydration. Unlock the secrets to maintaining healthy foliage and vibrant blooms through appropriate watering practices.

Explore the key principles of fertilization tailored to the unique needs of Turk’s Cap bonsai. Acquire knowledge on selecting the right fertilizers, understanding nutrient ratios, and implementing a feeding schedule that promotes robust growth, abundant blooms, and overall tree vitality.

Embark on a journey to master the vital process of re-potting and root maintenance for Turk’s Cap bonsai. Learn about the appropriate soil mix, timing, and techniques required for re-potting to encourage healthy root development and ensure the long-term stability and health of your bonsai tree.

Discover the art of shaping and refining Turk’s Cap bonsai through expert pruning and wiring techniques. Explore the best times for pruning, learn how to create desired branch structures, and unlock the secrets to accentuating the tree’s natural beauty and graceful form.

Delve into the aesthetic aspects of bonsai as you explore the principles of styling and design unique to Turk’s Cap bonsai. Uncover how to harmonize the tree’s form, branch placement, and pot selection to create stunning compositions that evoke a sense of balance and serenity.

Develop the skills to identify and address common issues, pests, and diseases that may affect Turk’s Cap bonsai. Learn preventive measures, recognize early signs of trouble, and explore effective treatments to maintain the health and vitality of your bonsai.

Put your newfound knowledge into practice during our interactive, hands-on sessions guided by experienced bonsai instructors. Gain personalized attention, receive expert feedback, and refine your techniques as you work on your own Turk’s Cap bonsai, fostering a deeper connection with the art form.

Connect with like-minded bonsai enthusiasts, build lasting relationships, and expand your bonsai network within a supportive community. Engage in enriching discussions, share experiences, and celebrate the beauty of Turk’s Cap bonsai together.

Join us on this captivating bonsai journey and unlock the secrets to cultivating the Turk’s Cap bonsai with finesse. Immerse yourself in the timeless art form, nurture your passion for nature, and embark on a transformative experience that will leave you captivated by the elegance and grace of your Turk’s Cap bonsai masterpiece.