Adult Opportunities

Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai Workshop

In this bonsai class you will learn to style a tiger bark ficus tree.

Content Detail

A tiger bark ficus (Ficus microcarpa) is also sometimes referred to as a Golden Gate ficus. It is a cultivar commonly used in bonsai. It has a diminutive stature and grows well indoors. It grows somewhat faster and is easier to care for than other bonsai species, making it great for beginners. Keep it in a sunny, warm location with consistent moisture.

This ficus is a hardy tree that is particularly great for banyan-style bonsai. It can be grown indoors and outdoors with beautiful pads and great aerial roots. It has spotted gnarly bark and chartreuse tiny foliage. Ficus plants prefer full to partial sun and moderate water and fertilizer. It is a tropical tree and must be kept away from freezing temperatures. Move it inside once overnight temperatures are 50 degrees or lower.

The focus of this workshop will be on initial styling and wiring of 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: Linda Camp

Age: 16 and older

Course number: V105


Linda Camp

Linda Camp is a member of 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.

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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