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Basic Bonsai Series

September 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST


$140 Non-Member / $112 Member

Price includes all 3 classes in the series. Signing up for the September 24th class signs you up for the series. Dates: Sundays, September 24, October 22, December 17 at 12pm-3pm.

Basic Class Description

Class 1, Instructors cover Bonsai basics and history.  They will demonstrate how to choose material for bonsai, and how to design the future tree with emphasis on style, visual front, trunk, limb structure and rootage.   They will demonstrate pruning and wiring helping you to learn techniques.   You will select a tree ideal for Tucson climate and begin caring and styling your tree until the next class.

Class 2.  After the plant has rested for a month, the class will share knowledge of each participant’s plant choice and will explore the best species for training bonsai in our desert environment, and what to avoid.  We will devote more on pruning and wiring, watering, fertilizers and climate.   More discussions on major styles used for training your bonsai.

Class 3.  In the final session (2 months under your care), we give plants more time to adjust for our climate change before we transplant the bonsai into a standard container.  You may purchase other pots from noted bonsai artists if you wish for an addition fee from $20-$100. Cash or check accepted.  You will be given proper bonsai mix during your repotting.  And understanding how to mix your own for other trees in your collection.

What to Bring:  Pen, any bonsai tools you own such as wire cutter or shears. (put your name on them)  (However, all tools will be provided to work on your tree if you don’t own any yet.)  Tools will also be available for sale.


  • Three classes of 3 hours each
  • Basic Class: A plant for you to choose suitable for bonsai in Tucson desert climate
  • Master Instructor, Rod McKenna will be your bonsai instructor
  • “Little Book of Bonsai” book by Jonas Dupuich as study reference material
  • Use of  a variety of  bonsai tools 
  • Our experienced teachers will provide hands-on assistance throughout sessions
  • Training Wire
  • Soil

Refund & Cancellation Policy

No refund will be issued less than 15 days prior to any Community Class. A $10 cancellation fee will be applied to all refunds. No refunds will be issued for special events.

We reserve the right to cancel Community Classes due to insufficient registration, garden closure, or inclement weather, in which case, participants will receive a full refund. People with disabilities should make requests for accommodation as early as possible to allow time to make appropriate arrangements.

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September 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST
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