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 create bonsai. We do this through the Bonsai Basics Class.
Participants must be members of the Fresno Bonsai Society.
Classes are led by veterans of the club. The goal is to introduce sound horticultural practices as well as creative skills. Students will work on developing their own bonsai projects while they learn essential seasonal tasks. All sessions are designed to give the newcomer the skills to collect and maintain their own trees.
Bonsai Basics is taught on a seasonal schedule. For example, we discuss fall pruning in September and October and winter repotting in January and February.
How to select good tree material for bonsai.
Basic tools needed for bonsai.
Bonsai Basics classes will be limited to 10 students. Please check the calendar for dates and times.
Students should read the Bonsai Basics Subject Material handouts on the topics before each class.
What is a Bonsai? (pdf)Download
Pruning & Pinching (pdf)Download
How to Select the Front of your Bonsai (pdf)Download
How to Select Good Material (pdf)Download
Repotting your Tree (pdf)Download
Picking a Pot (pdf)Download
Fundamentals of Bonsai Design (pdf)Download
Bonsai Substrate (pdf)Download
Bonsai and Energy Balance (pdf)Download