Shohin Kishu Juniper (All-Inclusive) Workshop with John Romano (Saturday, May 13, 2023)

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Kishu Shimpaku Workshop with John Romano (May 13, 2023)

John is our resident shohin master and has been specializing in shohin sized trees for decades.

The 1 Gallon Kishu specimens selected for this workshop were cutting grown with heavily twisted trunks.

Take the first steps to creating yourself a gnarly looking juniper tree. Kishu are among the best junipers for bonsai, with tight delicate foliage that creates heavenly clouds almost by itself.

** This is an all-inclusive workshop with the trees, supplies and tools provided.

Here's what you can expect from John's workshop:

  1. Introduction to Shimpaku Junipers: Participants will learn about the characteristics and cultural requirements of Kishu trees, including light, water, and soil needs.
  2. Repotting and pruning techniques: Participants will learn how to properly repot Kishu bonsai trees and how to prune them to maintain their shape and size.
  3. Wiring techniques: Participants will learn how to use wire to shape and style Kishu bonsai trees. NOTE: You will discuss this topic, however, actual Wiring and Styling will be done later.
  4. Styling and design: Participants will learn how to design and create aesthetically pleasing Kishu bonsai trees. NOTE: You will discuss this topic, however, actual Wiring and Styling will be done later.
  5. Care and maintenance: Participants will learn how to care for red pine 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.

About the Kishu - included with your fee:

  1. They're approximately 5-6 years old and range in height. They're in 1-gallon nursery pots.
  2. They are truly raw "pre-bonsai" that have gone untouched for several years. Only the trunk was wired up to twist it. 
  3. Each tree has great branching and understated movement. 

You will leave with a healthy tree ready for the next step of styling, later in the season or next spring.

Participation Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Attendee Cost: $185 per student and Includes the Kishu Shimpaku
Duration: 9:30 am – 11:30 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early.

Included with Workshop:

  • Experienced instructor (NEBG's own John Romano)
  • Kishu Tree
  • Bonsai Pot: We have selected Japanese glazed and unglazed shallow oval production pots. However, if you prefer a different pot, you can certainly purchase one. 
  • Bonsai tools, soil, and aluminum wire to support the class

What's NOT Included with the Workshop: 

  1. Everything you need is INCLUDED
  2. Regarding the Bonsai pot. If you prefer a handmade, Yixing, or even an Imported Tokoname container, you can purchase one for this workshop 

Attendee Per Class: 8

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 won’t miss it.