Grape Discovery Center

The Art of Bonsai for Beginners

Start Date: July 24, 2016 2:00pm
End Date:
Location: Grape Discovery Center
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 716.326.2003

Instructor: Trenton Lutes, Bonsai Enthusiast

Cost: $45/person or $85/couple

Class Description: This class will instruct the beginning bonsai enthusiast in the techniques needed to turn a standard nursery stock plant into their very own bonsai. During the class there will discussion about the the history of bonsai, the most common styles of bonsai, the special tools needed, and general bonsai care.

Using pre-selected nursery stock you will create your bonsai by finding the front line of your tree and with careful pruning and pinching to remove unwanted branches, leaves and needles, as well as using basic wiring techniques to help shape your tree.

Included with class:

  • 1 hand selected nursery plant (varieties may vary depending on season and availability)
  • 1 bonsai pot and tray
  • Soil and wire
  • 101 Essential; Bonsai Tips book

Tools will be provided for use during this class only. Some tools will be specialized bonsai tools, but the majority will be simple tools you can find around your home.

Things to consider:

  • Bonsai is a hands on technique, you will most likely get dirty. Please dress appropriately or consider bringing an apron.
  • There will be wine and craft beer available and local Concord grape juice and water for purchase.


Please contact Trenton Lutes by phone or email to register for the class. Class size will be limited to 15 students. Deadline is July 17th. Cell-315.383.9145 Email:


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