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UPDATED - 2022 (NEW WORKSHOPS HIGHLIGHTED)

experience levels include: - code (A) beginners. (B) Some experience. (C) Intermediate. (D) Experienced.

  • * Denotes that an upgrade for larger material may be available for these workshops.

PLEASE NOTE: WE NOW OFFER 3 REPOTTING DATES TO COVER EARLY BUDBREAKING DECIDUOUS TREES, A MIDWAY DATE AND A LATER DATE FOR EVERGREEN SPECIES

BONSAI FOR BEGINNERS stage 1. (A, B). This workshop is for students with little or no experience of bonsai. we will cover many of the techniques used in outdoor/indoor bonsai cultivation. Included in the fee will be a young tree to get you started in bonsai. A range of more substantial stock will also be available to purchase on the day if required.

BEGINNERS stage 2. BONSAI REFINING. (A, B, C, D). This w/shop is available for students with some experience of bonsai, or who have attended stage 1. I will cover more in depth styling as this workshop may be integrated with more experienced students, with plenty of styling and refining being carried out. The emphasis will be on the student spending more hands-on practical time and also learning by observation of other more experienced students working on their trees.

BEGINNERS stage 3. BONSAI REFINING. (A, B, C, D). This w/shop is suitable for students with some experience of bonsai, or who have attended stages 1 and 2. Students will be taught more on the aesthetics of bonsai, the more advanced styles will be covered. Students are encouraged to bring along their own trees for some help and advice. This workshop may be integrated with more experienced students giving plenty of learning opportunities.

CASCADE AND SEMI-CASCADE STYLING. (A, B, C, D).  This w/shop will teach you the aspects of these particular bonsai styles. You can choose from many species available on the day if required. Alternatively if you prefer to work on your own material.

CREATING MAME, SHOHIN AND KIFU SHO SIZED BONSAI. (A, B, C, D). You will be shown how to style species into 3 of the smaller sized bonsai. Bring your own material to work on or plenty of stock available to purchase on the day.

EVERGREEN POTTING/REPOTTING WORKSHOPS. (A, B, C, D). This w/shop is for those who want help in potting or re-potting their evergreen bonsai. A range of potting compost/soils and pots will be available to purchase on the day.

* FOREST OR MULTI  TREE PLANTING. (A, B, C, D). The theme will be constructing forest or group plantings. You will receive a training tray, compost, and a selection of young trees (aged 2-4 years old). You can choose from a large range of species available on the day.

JAPANESE MAPLE WORKSHOP. (A, B, C, D). This w/shop will give students the chance to work on their own maples or purchase material from a range of Japanese maples, also some Trident maples.

* MASTER CLASS WITH LARGE FIELD GROWN TREE. (B, C, D).  This workshop will be limited to a maximum of 3 participants only, and will have a choice of one of my large field grown specimens. These classes allow plenty of individual attention which people often require.

MIXED DECIDUOUS/EVERGREEN STYLING WORKSHOP. (A, B, C, D). This w/shop is for students who need help refining their own trees, or simply style a tree on the day. Learn how to achieve exhibition standards. if required you can purchase material on the day from a wide choice of species, please call for stock availability.

NATIVE SPECIES AS BONSAI & MIXED SPECIES.  (A, B, C, D). This workshop will be devoted to students wishing to grow native trees as bonsai. For those needing material to work on, a large range of trees will be available on the day to purchase if required. Or bring your own trees to work on. You can also bring along other non native species.

POTTING/REPOTTING WORKSHOPS. (A, B, C, D). These w/shops are for those who want help in potting or re-potting their bonsai. A range of potting compost/soils and pots will be available to purchase on the day.

PINE STYLING & DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP (B, C, D). You have a choice of bringing your own trees along, or alternatively purchasing material on the day, Cultivation, development, styling, back budding and needle reduction techniques that I use will be fully explained. If you require stock, please request which species is required and I will do my best to supply. Species available to purchase on the day may include: - Black pine, Scots pine, Red pine and White pine priced from £10.00. Some larger sized pines are also available.

ROOT OVER ROCK/DEADWOOD AND ROCK PLANTING. (A, B, C, D). You will be shown the techniques to grown bonsai over rock or deadwood and in rock. Plants, rock and bogwood available to purchase on the day. Or you are welcome to bring your own material along.

SATSUKI AZALEAS AND OTHER FLOWERING SPECIES. (A, B, C, D).  A wide choice of trees will be available to purchase on the day. i.e. Crab apple, Azalea’s, Winter jasmine, Deciduous holly, Quince, Rosemary etc. We will look at styling, growth development, composts and other techniques to develop and encourage good flowering and fruiting bonsai.

SEASONAL TECHNIQUES USED FOR PINES (B, C, D). You have a choice of bringing your own trees along, or alternatively purchasing material on the day, Cultivation, back budding and needle reduction techniques that I use will be fully explained. Cork bark varieties will also be dealt with. If you require stock, please request which species is required and I will do my best to supply. Species available to purchase on the day include: - Black pine, Scots pine, Red pine and White pine priced from £10.00. Some larger sized pines are also available.

SLANTING, LITERATI & WINDSWEPT STYLES. (A, B, C, D).  This w/shop will teach you the aspects of these particular bonsai styles. You can choose from many species available on the day if required. Alternatively if you prefer to work on your own material.

THE IMPOSSIBLE TREE/MIXED SPECIES WORKSHOP. (A, B, C, D).  This w/shop is for students who need help refining their own trees, or simply style a tree on the day. Learn how to achieve exhibition standards. And this workshop also gives you the chance to challenge me to style the tree that you have struggled to make into a good bonsai. If required you can purchase material on the day from a wide choice of species, please call for stock availability.

TRADITIONAL HAND-CARVING IN BONSAI STYLING. (B, C, D). This workshop will be devoted to show you how to incorporate carving techniques on bonsai to create driftwood styles and shari, using traditional hand carving tools. A set of RYUGA CT-A wood carving tools will be available to purchase on the day, see below at bottom of page.

VARIOUS PROPAGATION METHODS TO CREATE BONSAI. (A, B, C, D). This w/shop will teach you the methods of propagating your own potential bonsai material. From seed, cuttings, air-layering, grafting, hydroponics or even what to collect from a garden nursery or gardens.

WISTERIA AND OTHER CLIMBING SPECIES AS BONSAI. (A, B, C, D). We will look atr the many species of climbers that will make good bonsai for example Wisteria, Akebia, Laburnum, honeysuckle and the list goes on. What techniques are required to train them. Material may available on the day to purchase or bring your own along.

Ryuga CT-A  

You can download a workshop application form, click a link below, links also on some of the other workshop pages.
WORKSHOP APPLICATION FORM (WORD DOC)   WORKSHOP APPLICATION FORM (PDF)