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Welcome to the

Beginners Bonsai Tree Course

The Ma-Ke Bonsai has run bonsai courses since 2007 with The Beginners Bonsai Course being our most popular course. 

The Bonsai Course for Beginners is an intensive day-long course that will give you the skill and confidence to care for and train your bonsai. It teaches how to keep your bonsai healthy and vibrant. It is aimed at beginners, but even practising enthusiasts have found it grounding and enlightening.

You don't even need to have a bonsai! Just the will to want to learn how to grow bonsai. The day is divided into 3 Modules, over which we will cover the following topics.


All Classes are held at my Home Workshop and Garden in Ma-Ke Bonsai, 66 Harvey Road, Whitton, Greater London, TW4 5LU


Dates & Duration

TThe Bonsai Course is an intensive day session that covers the three modules above, these are comprised of both hands-on and theoretical elements. Depending on the weather we will be working both indoors and outdoors. So please dress suitably. 



The 10 am - 4 pm. Please arrive 10 min earlier for registration.


Course Fees

The Beginners Bonsai Course Fees are £150. You pay a non-refundable £75 at the time of booking your place and £75 on the day of the Bootcamp.



The course is delivered in sections that are tutored, and sections that are very hands-on. We believe it is import to understand the Why as much as the How and the When, as this prepares you to respond to and even anticipate the needs of your bonsai, so they can enjoy and long, healthy, and fruitful existence with you.

General Information

Tea and Coffees will be available throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch, there will be a short break between morning and afternoon sessions. Please dress warmly as we work both in the studio and outdoors in the nursery and London weather can be very changeable.

101: Basic Bonsai Tree Care


You will be introduced to our nine-point system on managing and caring for your bonsai and how to keep it alive and well.  You will study the basics of where to locate your bonsai, how to water, feed bonsai and other housekeeping tasks that need to be undertaken to ensure a healthy vibrant bonsai.


102: Bonsai Tree Pruning


Bonsai trees are living, growing, and ever-changing. To maintain the bonsai miniature size, one has to prune the bonsai continuously. This module will introduce you to bonsai pruning, when to prune, how to prune and what to prune. We will explore the forms and goals of seasonal pruning.

103: Bonsai Tree Repotting


Bonsai trees are grown in a small container with a limited amount of soil, which needs to be replenished from time to time. This module teaches how to recognise if a bonsai needs repotting and how to repot it. Introductory soil science, repotting techniques and methodologies are covered to ensure that you have successful stress-free repotting.

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