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We are also available to travel to your home or club
for workshops, demo's and lectures. Call 800-528-2827 for details.
This Introductory Bonsai Course has been particularly
planned for students who have had no experience in this fascinating living
horticultural art form. The aesthetic appreciation and fundamentals of
Classical Bonsai Art are taught in an eight-hour course. Major emphasis will be
on the theory and techniques of bonsai design, pruning, wiring and potting.
Lesson consists of demonstration and workshop where students are encouraged and
assisted in creating their own bonsai. Each student will create a bonsai by the
end of the course. Species suitable for both indoor and outdoor cultivation
will be available for purchase.
All classes will be held at the DaSu Bonsai Studio 27887
Timber Rd. Kelley, IA 50134, unless other arrangements are made.
History, Styles-Pruning Aesthetics
Care & Maintenance
Creating your own Bonsai
Registration fee includes bonsai soil. Please bring
your own bonsai tools, however tools will be available for use or purchase
in the classroom. Plant material, containers, wire and textbooks will be
prepared and available for purchase. Phone 800-528-2827 to register or for
The Open Bonsai Workshops are for students who want to refine their own
bonsai or create new specimens. The Open Bonsai Workshops will provide detailed, individual instruction.
Phone 800-528-2827 to register or for additional information.
During the Open Bonsai Workshops students are encouraged to
bring their own trees for critique, training or transplanting. A wide selection
of plant material, containers and supplies are also available. Spring is the
best time to transplant bonsai in the Midwest area. Students also learn from
watching others work on their own bonsai during these workshops. There is no
formal lecture/demonstration, a full three hours can be spent working to refine
or create your bonsai. [Back to
This workshop will enable you to create an easy-to-care for, finished lace rock rockscape. The technique learned is very different from the traditional technique of plastering trees to the side of a rock, or plastering into cavities of a rock with a muck of poor water permeability and poor aeration.
You will learn to create a rockscape that is easy to water (because regular bonsai soil is used) and has good root aeration.
These rockscapes should be as easy-care as tray-planted bonsai, and should not require more frequent watering.
Lace rock is a lichen-encrusted volcanic rock collected from the exterior of a volcanic mountain, not to be confused with the grey to black or red forms of lava that were formed underwater and lack a natural color and texture. Lace rock's natural appearance is unsurpassed and needs to be seen close up to be fully appreciated.
Cost will only be $59, which will include instruction, trees, lace rock, epoxy putty, planting muck (if needed), moss, wire (if needed), and bonsai soil. Trees offered will be indoor tolerant, or outdoor type trees, your choice.
Our most popular offering is probably consulting. It is very simple: call us at 800-528-2827, make arrangements, and for $25/hour we will advise/critique/and work on your trees. Or you can get help with items you purchase at the studio. Bring friends - you can split the $25/hour fee with them - economical and fun!
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