Adult Opportunities

Kusamono Bonsai Workshop

In this bonsai class, participants will learn to create a potted arrangement using flowers, grasses, and a moss ball.

Content Detail

Kusamono are potted arrangements of flowers and wild grasses to be displayed by themselves or with bonsai. The workshop will focus on creating a kusamono and a moss ball. Included will be multiple plants, a bonsai pot, a tile for a moss ball, a chopstick, soil, moss, and muck to build a moss ball. Examples of established kusamono will be on hand to provide guidance as they will show the importance of balance and seasonal cues.

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: Jennifer Price

Age: 16 and older

Course number: V113


Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price is the Prairie State Bonsai Society’s guest artist for the 2024 Morton Arboretum Destination Asia Festival.

She discovered bonsai after retiring from the stage as a professional ballerina. She appreciates the line and form within bonsai and the ability to use a tree’s natural flow of movement.

In her early bonsai training Price studied with longtime friend and Pennsylvania bonsai artist Jim Doyle. Through his influence she went on to work with such other U.S. and European bonsai artists as Mauro Stemberger, Chase Rosade, Will Baddeley, and Ryan Neil. She apprenticed with Walter Pall and has taught throughout the United States as well as worldwide, representing America twice in Shanghai, China.

Price has attended numerous symposiums and workshops and will be one of the guest artists representing the United States at a Canberra, Australia bonsai convention. She is a member and past officer of the Prairie State Bonsai Society.

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

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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