Adult Opportunities

Japanese Black Pine Mikawa Bonsai Workshop

In this bonsai class learn to style and wire a Japanese black pine.

Content Detail

In the Japanese black pine family, the ‘Mikawa’ variety is a favorite among lovers of bonsai. The plant has soft needles and bark that looks aged. The needles are smaller than most black pines and are more in proportion to the size of a typical bonsai. Japanese black pine bonsai thrives outside.

The focus of this workshop will be on initial styling and wiring the tree. Care instructions will be included. All skill levels are welcome.

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.

Instructor: Jim Beck

Age: 16 and older

Course number: V106


Jim Beck

Jim Beck is a member, officer, and past president of Prairie State Bonsai Society. He is also a member of the Midwest Bonsai Society and has been involved with bonsai for over 40 years. Jim 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.

What to Know

Price includes materials.

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

Material selection is by lottery drawing.

Program Schedule

Sunday, August 4, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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