SP20 Beginning Bonsai B

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Saturday April 18

10:00 AM  –  1:30 PM

Beginning Bonsai B

Instructor: Rebecca Ayres

Saturday, April 18, 2020; 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Sunday, April 26; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$124 Member | $144 Non-member

Limit: 8 students

BREG Elective - 5 Hours


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Although it has its roots in ancient Asian traditions, the living art of bonsai now enjoys enthusiasts throughout 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, including tree selection, watering, pest control, pruning, wiring and styling, with examples from the Arboretum’s bonsai collection for illustration. The second week divides the class into two sections for hands-on instruction. Participants will receive the plant, a pot, scissors, wire and planting medium to create their own bonsai to take home. 


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


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