Too cold outside to garden? The Chicago Botanic Garden offers online bonsai care webinars with Chris Baker, Bonsai Collection Curator. The cost for each workshop is $ 40 or $ 32 for members.
On Wednesday, November 17, he will host a workshop on deciduous bonsai from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Zoom.
Fall is a great time to work on deciduous bonsai trees. You will learn the specific care of deciduous bonsai trees and how they change with the seasons, including feeding, pruning, wiring, and repotting. Make sure you have your tree nearby to discuss its design and shaping.
On Wednesday December 15, Baker will host a workshop on juniper from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Zoom.
Juniper bonsai require unique care, including soil type, feeding, pruning, and wiring. Learn seasonal labor and general care for one of the most commonly used bonsai species.
On Wednesday, January 12, Baker will host a workshop on pine bonsai from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Zoom.
Explore pine bonsai care, soil type, feeding, needle pruning, candling, and tree wiring. Bring your own pins to work after an in-depth care presentation.
These courses are delivered online through Zoom. All registrations must be submitted online two days before the start of your course. Registered students will receive login instructions one day in advance.
To register, visit www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar.
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s nearly 200 bonsai collection includes gifts from the Midwest Bonsai Society and Japanese bonsai master Susumu Nakamura. Among the trees donated by Nakamura was a Japanese white pine that had been formed for at least 100 years. In rotating exhibition, each bonsai takes the stage at the height of its beauty. The selected bonsai are on display in the two courtyards of the Regenstein Center from approximately April 1 to October 1, depending on the weather.