Bonsai Training Classes – Inspire Inform Involve

Bonsai Training Classes – Inspire Inform Involve

CURRENT COURSES AVAILABLE

Introduction to Bonsai for the Beginner

This course covers the following:
• General Maintenance
• Pest Management
• Pruning
• Styling
• Basic Wiring and Fertilisation

Japanese Black Pine - Summer Care

This course covers the following:
• Candle cutting
• Needle Reduction and Energy Management
• Styling
• Pest Management
• Summer Care for your pine

Japanese Black Pine - Autumn Care

This course covers the following:
• Bud Selection
• Needle Reduction
• Pruning
• Wiring and Styling
• Autumn Fertilisation

Wiring Techniques and Tips

This course covers the following:
• Wiring Techniques
• Using the correct strength wire
• "Stepping Down"
• "Locking"
• Guidelines for high quality wiring of your bonsai

Repotting

This course covers the following:
• Pot preparation and selection
• Root reduction
• potting medium preparation
• Securing your tree to the pot
• Care Guidelines Post Repotting

Juniper Care - Wiring and Styling

This Juniper Bonsai Training Course has been designed to provide you with the why, when and the how to successfully advance your Juniper Bonsai.

We will cover -
• Horticultural aspects of Feeding, Watering, Repotting, Propagation, Pests and Disease
• Creation of Jins and Shari, Preserving Deadwood
• Pruning and some very common mistakes corrected
• Wiring and styling your Juniper

Deciduous Defoliation
This course covers the following: • Why, When and How to Defoliate • Partial and Complete Defoliation • When not to Defoliate • How Often
Intermediate Bonsai Course

This runs over 4-6 sessions throughout the year to allow for a wide range of topics to be covered. There are four primary seasonal sessions with the topics to be covered specific to the time of year. You are invited to start the training at any time of the year.

Horticultural Principles – Feeding – when and what and why, Go from surviving to thriving, Watering, Pests (plants, insects, animals etc), Positioning

Wiring Techniques & Using Guy Wires

Repotting – Root work to maximize your nebari, Mix selection, Securing your tree, After care

Design Principles – Negative space, Triangulation & Creation of Depth, Branch Structure – Deciduous vs Conifer, Trunk and Branch Taper, Clip and Grow for ramification, Growth Patterns

Defoliation

Working with Japanese Black Pines – Summer and Autumn Seasonal work (These are nearly 2 of the sessions out of the four and will only be used with participants that are interested in learning more about JBPs)

Major Design Elements – Significant branch bending techniques, Using raffia/rubber, Leader Selection or Replacement, Sacrificial Branches, Primary Branch Development, 5 year project

Optional Additional Training Topics – ROR techniques, Aerial Layering, Slate planting, Jin and shari creation on junipers, Stock selection.

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Gift Vouchers Available

We also provide Gift Certificates which are a fantastic present. The Gift Vouchers can be used for our Bonsai Training Classes, Tools or Bonsai Services including maintenance and styling of your trees.

Gift Vouchers are also available for purchase. Click here for more details.

Private Training & Workshops

If you would prefer to learn in a private one-on-one environment then we can cater for that also.

All of our courses from Beginner, through the Intermediate Seasonal Courses and the more advanced Japanese Black Pine Training and Specialist Bonsai Courses can be catered for. We can also do a Workshop for a specific tree you would like to work on with Scott.

Together we can organise a suitable date and time and ensure your training needs are completely satisfied!

Prices vary accordingly so Click here to contact Bonsai Matsu and let us know how we can help!

Monthly Workshops Available

Running on a regular basis in Glen Waverley from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Bring along your trees, tools, wire and keen spirit and get your hands dirty taking your bonsai to the next level. The cost is only $30 per workshop and there is limited places available so booking early is essential. Email me for details.

ToolsBonsai Matsu specialises in Bonsai Training Classes and more specifically Bonsai Classes for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced hobbyist. The training starts with your area of need and then organically grows to include other areas of bonsai that are pertinent to the successful development and growth of your fantastic bonsai.

There is a maximum of 3-6 people per class. The Intermediate range of training classes cover the seasonal work required to keep your bonsai very healthy at different times of the year and looking beautiful. The Intermediate Classes are your next step from the Beginners Class.

Based in Glen Waverley, Victoria with Bonsai Training Classes times starting from 3 hours. Bring your trees to work on together or you may be able to train on some of my trees.

We also sell Bonsai Tools and Wire too which can be viewed on the day of your course or ordered here online.

Upcoming Courses & Workshops

  • BONSAI COURSES AND WORKSHOPS 2020 - Post COVID-19

    • Held On: 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2020
    • Well COVID-19 really has had an impact on the world and as we start to come out the other side, we can kick-start training courses and workshops.

      They will be different with a maximum of 3 people in the workshop and 4 sq metres per person enforced as well as hygiene/contact standards. I am currently working through the backlog of courses and will open up more in the future to accomodate as many people as possible!

      Here’s some courses that will be running later in 2020 –

      • Intermediate Winter/Repotting
      • Understanding Maples – Spring
      • Intermediate Spring
      • Intermediate Summer/Defoliation
      • Japanese Black Pine Decandling
      • Understanding Junipers

      There will also be monthly Introduction to Bonsai Courses running and somewhere in there, Workshops will also be running.

      If you have booked in for classes you will be contacted closer to the scheduled date to reconfirm and discuss the details. If you’d like to book in for any classes, please click here to email me.

      Trident Twin Trunk

  • Bonsai Repotting Course - July

    • Held On: 01/07/2020 - 31/07/2020
    • This Bonsai Repotting Course is one of the Intermediate Courses that run throughout the year. Topics covered are specific to your Bonsai during the Winter season.

      COVID-19 is presenting some challenges but I am determined we will continue with the courses and can observe the 4m2 spacing per person as well as the 1.5m social distancing requirements. Courses are limited to a maximum of 3 people.

      Overview of requirements specific to Winter including –

      • Repotting your Bonsai and pot selection
      • Pest and Disease prevention and management
      • Watering during Winter and avoiding Root Rot
      • Styling and Shaping your Bonsai
      • Design principles for bonsai including negative space, triangulation and depth creation
      • Branch structure
      • Styling Conifers

      Trident

      The course runs for 3 hours, on some week nights (6.30pm to 9.30pm) as well as Saturday from either 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm. You are encouraged to bring along your trees and we will cover the theoretical aspects as well as the hands on to take your skills further.

      Click here to email regarding this course.

       

  • Introduction to Bonsai Training Course - 8th August 2020 - 2 spots left

    • Held On: 08/08/2020
    • Only 2 spots left in the 1.30pm to 4.30pm session.

      I offer a 3 hour Introduction to Bonsai Training Course that normally runs on a Saturday. I am located in Glen Waverley.

      You can bring along any trees you may have or you can work on a few of mine at this Introduction to Bonsai Training Course. I have tools for you to use or you can bring along your own tools. We cover the fundamentals of keeping bonsai, their pruning, care, styling and wiring as well as managing pests and disease.

      Bonsai Training WorkshopThe course is a great foundation to start your bonsai journey. It’s always fun and informative. You’ll go home with the knowledge you need to successfully keep and grow bonsai. Comprehensive notes are provided. Class size is limited to 3 people with 4 square metres per person so early booking is essential.

      This course is perfect for the absolute beginner!

      Click here to email regarding this course.

      This course can be a great gift for someone special too. Contact us if you would like to organise a Gift Voucher.

      Introduction to Bonsai Course

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*Session rates vary so please let me know which course you are interested in and I can let you know the cost.

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