One of the
missions of the Fresno Bonsai Society is to
provide education about bonsai to our
community. This includes both appreciation
of the art form and the skills needed to
We do this through the Bonsai Basics Class.
Participants in the Bonsai Basics Class must
be members of the Fresno Bonsai Society.
The Bonsai Basics Class are led by veteran
bonsai artists. The goal of this class is to
introduce sound horticultural practices as
well as creative skills. Students will work
on developing their own bonsai projects
while they learn the seasonal tasks of
bonsai. There may be minimal fees from time
to time to cover the cost of plant material.
The classes are designed to give the
newcomer the skills to collect and maintain
a collection of bonsai.
The curriculum of the class will be that of
the Golden State Bonsai Federation and
Bonsai Clubs International.
The topics will include:
Bonsai History: The facts of life in the
Keys to Success for Learning Bonsai Plant
Health: It's all about Energy, Basic
structure of trees and how trees function
Soils: Why does particle size matter?
Screening techniques, and how to make a
basic soil mix
Reading your plants, timing of activities,
Tree diseases and pests.
Wiring Basics: Wiring rules
Styling: The basics of bonsai styles and
Fertilization 101: Basic Reasons for good
nutrition, including beneficial soil
Pruning Guidelines: Including wound
management and improving branch ramification
Here are some
images of the November “Bonsai Basics
Class”. “ These images offer a glimpse of a
typical beginning bonsai class, offered by
the Fresno Bonsai Society. Members learn
from experienced bonsai instructors. They
learn both basic horticulture and the
artistic styling techniques essential to
create bonsai. Beginner and intermediate
classes meet on the third Saturday of each
month and are free to FBS members.”
If you are interest in participating in the
Bonsai Basics Class, please contact us
through this website in the OUR CLUB menu.