Bonsai Instruction

Although a tremendous amount of information is accessible via the internet, there is no substitute for hands-on training with a committed and knowledgeable instructor. We are pleased to offer individual or group classes for those interested in learning the basics or improving their knowledge and skills.


Beginner Class

Open to individuals or groups, this class is based on the American Bonsai Society’s Beginner Syllabus. It is typically comprised of three sessions, with each student creating a small bonsai, from our nursery stock or their own material, during the final session.

Class is typically held from 9:00 to 12:00 on consecutive Saturday mornings, although other days and times can be arranged. The cost is $150.00 per person, plus materials, with nursery stock starting at around $35. Students are welcome to use the studio’s tools.


Intermediate Class

This class requires a minimum of three participants and is scheduled when that number of interested individuals is reached. Based on the American Bonsai Society’s Intermediate Syllabus, this program builds on the basic knowledge and skills learned in the Beginner Class or acquired in other ways. It concentrates on design, including in-depth study of the multiple styles utilized in bonsai, tree management for optimum health and vigor, development and refinement techniques, and tree species-specific information. Other topics include grafting, pot history and selection, exhibition preparation and display aesthetics.

The program is presented in two ten-week sessions. Each (9:00-4:00) session features a lecture/discussion or demonstration in the morning and in the afternoon students work on improving the design and refinement of trees in their collection and/or start new projects, utilizing the knowledge presented. The cost is $500 per 10-week session, plus materials.


Advanced Study

Further study, utilizing the cutting-edge knowledge Dave receives via Eisei-en and elsewhere, can be arranged for interested students. Please contact us to discuss.


One on One Sessions (Any proficiency level)

Come spend a half day or longer working with Dave on your design, wiring, repotting or grafting skills (or any other topic). Please contact us to discuss.