Exclusive Private Kotohime Japanese Maple Workshop with Andrea Meriggioli (Saturday, April 13, 2024)

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Exclusive Private Kotohime Japanese Maple Workshop with Andrea Meriggioli (April 12, 2024)

A hands-on educational workshop focused on the art of styling, and caring for Japanese Maples bonsai.

Embark on a personalized bonsai journey with the maestro himself, Andrea Meriggioli, in our Private Kotohime Japanese Maple Workshop. Limited to a fortunate few, this intimate experience invites you to dive deep into the artistry of bonsai cultivation guided by one of the industry's leading experts.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Rare Opportunity: Andrea Meriggioli, renowned bonsai artist and owner of Hiryen bonsai, will share his expertise exclusively with a select group.
  • Kotohime Japanese Maple Focus: Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Kotohime Japanese Maple, a unique and prized species known for its delicate beauty. These trees were grown by Mark Comstock. 
  • Hands-On Learning: Benefit from one-on-one guidance as you work on your own Kotohime Maple, receiving personalized insights and techniques from Andrea.
  • Exclusive Insights: Gain exclusive insights into Andrea's bonsai philosophy, techniques, and the intricate details of working with Kotohime Japanese Maple.

About the Instructor

Andrea Meriggioli, born in 1989 in Trieste, Italy, discovered his passion for bonsai at a young age. Self-taught and later trained in Japan, he owns Hiryen bonsai and is the author of books on Maples. As a UBI national bonsai instructor since 2015, Andrea seamlessly blends Japanese and European bonsai practices.

  1. Introduction to Japanese Maples: Participants will learn about the characteristics and cultural requirements of the Japanese maple, including light, water, and soil needs.
  2. Repotting and pruning techniques: Participants will learn how to properly repot Maple bonsai trees and how to prune them to maintain their shape and size. Caveat - we are trying to keep the trees dormant as long as possible. If the Maples are fully leafed out, you may not be able to repot the maple. 
  3. Wiring techniques: Participants will learn how to use wire to shape and style their Maple.
  4. Styling and design: Participants will learn how to design and create aesthetically pleasing Maples.
  5. Care and maintenance: Participants will learn how to care for trident maple bonsai trees, including how to fertilize, water, and protect them from pests and disease.

Most workshops are hands-on, allowing participants to work on their own bonsai trees and receive guidance from an experienced instructor. These workshops can be a great way for bonsai enthusiasts to learn new skills, meet other bonsai enthusiasts, and improve their bonsai trees.

We have selected AWESOME plant material (Included with your fee) and will guide the transplanting and styling of your Bonsai.

Participation Level: Intermediate
Attendee Cost: $345 per student and includes the Kotohime Japanese Maple
Duration: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early.

Included with Workshop:

  • Experienced instructor (Andrea Merigiioli)
  • Kotohime Japanese Maple
  • Bonsai tools, soil, and aluminum wire to support the class

What’s NOT included:

  • Bonsai Pot: Participants have color and shape preferences. It’s not included but we have thousands of pots to choose from.

About the Workshop & Location:

  • Attendee Cost: $345 per student 
  • Duration: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. If you arrive a few minutes early, you'll have more time to enjoy the nursery! 
  • Limited Class size: 8 students.
  • Location: 914 S. Main Street, Bellingham, MA, 02019. Unless otherwise specified, all students should meet in the greenhouse labeled “Workshop.” It’s right behind our retail store – you can’t miss it.
  • Refreshments Available: We have refreshments available for sale (Soda, Water, snacks).
  • Bathroom: There is a portable washroom at the facility.

** All sales are final. No Refunds will be given on workshops provided by New England Bonsai Gardens