Adult Programs

Fukien Tea Tree Workshop (in person)

The Fukien Tea Tree is a beautiful tropical bonsai tree, originally from China.

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The Fukien Tea is a beautiful tropical tree originally from China. Its name is taken from the province Fukien (known in Chinese as Fuijan). The tree features small dark-green shiny leaves atop a trunk with an irregular surface that gives it the appearance of great age even after a few years. Small white flowers can appear all year round and sometimes produce small yellow-red to dark berries.

The primary focus of this workshop will be on styling the tree, both with wire and branch selection. The instructor will provide seasonal tips so that your tree will stay healthy for years to come. All skill levels are welcome.

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum.

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.


  • Supplies: Price includes Fukien Tea tree. Material selection is by lottery drawing
  • Students are asked to bring in what tools they have on hand. Extra tools will be provided by Prairie State. Limit 10

Jim Beck

Jim Beck has been involved in bonsai for over 35 years. He is the co-owner of BC Bonsai and has been leading workshops for over 15 years. BC Bonsai has won many ribbons and nationally judged shows at the professional level.


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