AE21 Beginning Bonsai

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Saturday September 25

10:00 AM  –  1:30 PM


Beginning Bonsai A

ONSITE* Two Sessions: (Lecture) Saturday, September 25; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and (Workshop) Sunday, September 26; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Instructor: Rebecca Ayres

$165 Adult Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

Capacity: 8

We're sorry: Beginning Bonsai A is sold out for September. 

A second section, Beginning Bonsai B, is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, October 9 and 10. Registration will open separately in mid August. Please enter your name on our Wait List for the October section. 


Although it has its roots in ancient Asian traditions, the living art of bonsai now enjoys enthusiasts throughout much of the world. This class will provide the basic concepts and skills for novices to begin growing and shaping their own miniature trees. The first class will cover the fundamental horticultural and aesthetic principles of bonsai. It will include such topics as tree selection, watering, pest control, pruning, wiring, and styling. In the second class, each participant will receive a pot, scissors, wire, and planting medium as well as pre-bonsai plant material that was propagated and grown over the last year in the Arboretum's Production Greenhouse. With guidance from the instructor, the students will create their own bonsai to take home. Materials are included in registration.

Rebecca Ayres is a ceramic artist and gardener. A longtime Arboretum volunteer, she is the assistant to the bonsai curator and helps with overseeing the exhibition garden, the collection and the Carolina Bonsai Expo. She is a member of the Blue Ridge Bonsai Society, where she has taught classes, and is a graduate of the Arboretum's Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate program.


*Registrants will be sent a reminder email prior to class with the meeting location and additional details. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder.

We encourage all participants to make conscious, courteous decisions based on your own and others' wishes and needs for safety. Safety precautions are in place for all our programs; however, please be aware that this is an indoor small-group workshop where participants will be working in the same area.

  • In these times, the Arboretum's expectation is that you will self screen for illness prior to arrival for class. Please follow all CDC guidelines regarding proper sanitation and hygiene measures. The CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive tool for self-screening.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should arrive and remain masked per current CDC and NCDHHS guidelines. Mask wearing is supported but not required of vaccinated participants.


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