Bonsai for Everyone

September 14th

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  • $75 Program Price
Room: Multi-purpose Room

Bonsai Workshop with Tim Weckman and Ross Clark

Although ancient in origin, Bonsai is accessible to anyone mindful of living things and attentive to the inspiration of the natural world. The cultivation of bonsai trees involves both creative artistry and horticultural skill. It is an applied art inspired by the natural world; proficiency is developed through practice.

This workshop offers group and individual instruction on the basics of bonsai styling, shaping through pruning, wiring and potting the tree. A program fee of $75 includes hands-on instruction and all materials, including a Juniper tree, a ceramic bonsai pot, soil, use of bonsai tools, training wire, pot screens, and printed materials about bonsai & the continuing care of your tree. 

Comfortable ‘gardening’ clothes are recommended. Bring any sharp shears or bonsai tools you may have. Tools needed for the workshop will be provided.

Due to the personal guidance offered at this workshop, registration is limited to eight participants.

Advance online registration with full payment is required to hold your reservation.


Tim Weckman has had a life-long affinity for the natural world and Bonsai is an extension of this passion for nature. He has studied bonsai with several well known bonsai masters and is an apprentice with Warren Hill, retired curator of the National Arboretum Bonsai collection. His academic training includes a MS degree in botany. In 2008 Tim opened Berea Bonsai Studio & Nursery in Berea, KY. 

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Ross Clark has been involved with bonsai for more than 40 years. As Curator of Adult Education at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago, he co-founded Prairie State Bonsai Association. He has studied with bonsai masters, including Tosh Saburomaru and Ivan Watters. Ross' academic training includes a PhD in botany from UNC. He is the author of many scholarly articles and recently wrote "Native North American Plants for Bonsai" for the American Bonsai Society (ABS). He is also on the board of ABS and serves as the editor for their monthly newsletter.