Adult Opportunities

Introduction to Bonsai Workshop: Chinese Elm

In this bonsai class, participants learn the basics of the art of bonsai and leave with a styled Chinese elm tree.

Content Detail

Ulmus parvifolia, commonly known as the Chinese elm, is a species native to eastern Asia, including China, India, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It has been described as one of the most splendid elms.

It is a small to medium deciduous or semi-deciduous tree. The leathery, lustrous green, single-toothed leaves are small. The trunk has a flaking bark of mottled grays with tans and reds, giving rise to its other common name, the lacebark elm.

Owing to its versatility and ability to tolerate a wide range of temperatures, light, and humidity conditions, the Chinese elm is a popular choice as a bonsai species. It is considered a good choice for beginners because of its high tolerance for pruning.

This class is specifically intended for participants with limited or no bonsai experience.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum and is presented by Prairie State Bonsai Society in conjunction with The Morton Arboretum’s Destination Asia Festival and Bonsai Show on the Arboretum’s East Side on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4.

Instructors: Linda Camp and Badar Zulqarni

Age: 16 and older

Course number: V103


Linda Camp

Linda Camp is a member of both the Prairie State Bonsai Society and the Midwest Bonsai Society and has been involved in bonsai for over 25 years. She is the co-owner of BC Bonsai and has been leading workshops for 20 years. BC Bonsai, located in Wheaton, IL, has won many ribbons at nationally judged shows at the professional level.

Badar Zulqarni

Badar Zulqarni is a member of Prairie State Bonsai Society and is currently serving as president of the society. He has been involved in bonsai for 13 years.

What to Know

Price includes materials.

Students are asked to bring in the tools they have on hand, if any. Extra tools will be provided by Prairie State Bonsai Society.

Material selection is by lottery drawing.

Program Schedule

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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