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Bonsai and Ornamental Pruning

Fall term 2017

Saturdays  |  10/7-10/21  |  12-3:00 p.m.  |  RWC-Z1 Grants Pass  |  Cost: $39

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Instructor: Rachel Wintersbonsai

Learn the principles and practice of ornamental pruning to develop and maintain aesthetically pleasing and healthy trees, shrubs and bonsai. Work on your own bonsai plant in class and how to propagate it and other types of plants. 
 
In three sessions you will learn the principles and practice of ornamental pruning to develop and maintain aesthetically pleasing and healthy trees, shrubs and bonsai. You will be able to work on your own bonsai plant in class, and even learn how to propagate it.
 
Rachel’s approach to the art of bonsai is naturalistic, rather than the stylized poodle pruning many have come to accept as bonsai. The origins of bonsai go back to the Taoist monks of ancient China, who revered nature and respected the natural form of the old trees. Following their methods Rachel will show her students how to have healthy, beautiful trees by pruning to shape and exposing old roots, instead of wiring and bending branches.
 
You will learn the kinds of trees and shrubs that make healthy bonsai and will thrive for many years in small pots, how to plant them, shape them and how to maintain them year around. Bonsai are not house plants, a common misunderstanding because we have seen them displayed indoors (but typically that’s only for a very brief time for show). All of Rachel’s bonsai spend the year outdoors, where she uses protection techniques that she will cover in class.
 

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