A great place to start in bonsai

BSSF is happy to announce that we will be offering a Bonsai Basics-I class this April, 2018. This class is designed for the beginning bonsai student. If you have an interest in bonsai but don’t know where to start, this is your answer.

The class will cover the following:

  • A brief history of bonsai
  • The basics of the different major style categories
  • Basic styling techniques
  • Basic care of bonsai
  • Recommended tools and materials


Students will receive two plants during the classes which they will keep. During the class we will perform basic styling work on the trees and discuss plans for the future of the plant. The types of plants will be determined by the instructors and cannot be guaranteed, however they will be plants suitable to bonsai styling.

Students should bring a pair of gardening or bonsai scissors if they have one (the instructors will have some extras on hand if not.)

Students who take Bonsai Basics-I are encouraged to attend a Bonsai Basics-II classes during the dormant season (Dec-Feb) – this second class covers the basics of repotting. (Keep and eye on the website for dates or sign up to receive the newsletter.)

Key Information

Cost – $75 (plus membership dues it you are not a member, your dues will be good through 2017)
You take home: 2 Styled Bonsai
Date: Sunday April 29th, 2018, 9am-1pm
Location: Hall of Flowers -Garden Club Room (Click for a map) .

Membership is required to take the class, if you are not a member you may join by paying the $30 dues on or before the class date, family membership is $50; over 65 years membership is $20. Total cost for a new member is $105, total cost for a pair of new members (same household) is $200.

Payment is required to secure a reservation for a place in the class, participation is limited to 10 students.


For further information or to sign up for the classes please email us at the following address: “contact (at sign) bssf.org”?or call Eric Schrader at 415-823-7984.