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Brazilian Rain Tree Workshop with Lou Carreiro (Saturday, June 22, 2024)


Indulge in our annual highlight, the Brazilian Rain Tree Bonsai Workshop — a perennial favorite among enthusiasts. For those without a Brazilian Rain Tree in their collection, worry not; our nursery offers a selection available for purchase, starting at $125.

The Brazilian Rain Tree (Pithecellobium tortum) stands out as an enchanting bonsai species, prized for its delicate foliage and distinct characteristics. Originating from Brazil, it has become a sought-after choice due to its aesthetic appeal and adaptability to bonsai cultivation.

Led by the esteemed Dr. Luis Carreiro, MD, a renowned expert and accomplished Brazilian Rain Tree artist, this workshop is a unique opportunity to delve into the history, pruning techniques, design principles, and proper care of your bonsai.

Dr. Carreiro, with his award-winning Brazilian Rain Tree, earned the people's choice award in 2015 and recently clinched "Best Tropical" at the 2023 Nationals in Rochester, NY. Don't miss this chance to learn from the best and elevate your bonsai craftsmanship with insights from a true master of the art.

Bonsai Basics is an introductory, hands-on workshop, designed for people who are new to the art of bonsai. The 2 ½ Hour workshop covers the basics of bonsai, including:

  1. Brief history and origins of bonsai.
  2. The principles of bonsai design and styling.
  3. Basic techniques for planting, pruning, wiring, and repotting bonsai trees.
  4. Care and maintenance of bonsai trees, including watering, fertilizing, and pest control.

The hands-on workshop is the perfect place for beginners to demystify the art of Bonsai! Upon completing the workshop, you'll walk away with an awesome bonsai tree, but more importantly, you’ll have the confidence to care for it.

The instructor will help you select a “pre-bonsai” (a trained plant in a nursery pot), transplant, trim, prune and transform your tree. After a couple of hours, you’ll go home with an awesome Bonsai tree and a full understanding of maintenance.

All workshops are led by one of our Bonsai experts. We provide some of the happiest and healthiest Bonsai trees, and we love to share our knowledge!

What’s Included with the Workshop:

  • Experienced Instructor: Lou Carreiro, MD)
  • Instruments: Tools, soil, and all other necessary instruments will be available for you to use.

What's NOT Included with the Workshop

  1. Bonsai Tree. We have a lot of Brazilian Rain Trees for you to choose from, and they begin at $65
  2. Bonsai pots. Same as the tree, participants have color and shape preferences. It’s not included but we have thousands of pots to choose from, beginning at $9.90 

About the Workshop & Location:

  • Attendee Cost: $55 per student + the cost of your chosen tree and pot.
  • Duration: 10:00 pm – 2:00 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.