Bonsai workshop in Jamestown

Date(s) - Sunday, Sep 25, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


Learn “The Art of Bonsai for Beginners” in a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

Trenton Lutes, who has taught bonsai classes around Chautauqua County, will teach the history of bonsai, the specialized tools used, the most common styles and general bonsai care. He will share information gathered from years of experience to show you how to turn a standard nursery stock plant into your very own bonsai tree.

You can choose from dwarf English boxwood, ‘Bird’s Nest’ Spruce, and Juniper ‘Procumbens’ on a first-come, first-choice basis. The availability of all these varieties will make for a diverse and interesting learning experience for everyone.

You will find the front and line of your tree; use careful pruning and pinching to remove unwanted branches, leaves, and needles, and use basic wiring techniques to help shape your tree.

Included with the class will be your plant, one bonsai pot and tray, soil and wire, and the book 101 Essential Bonsai Tips.

Tools will be provided for use during class only. Some will be specialized bonsai tools, but the majority will be simple tools you can find around your home. These you can initially use to get started creating more bonsai without having to invest in expensive, specialized tools up front.

Keep in mind that bonsai is a hands-on technique, so you will likely get dirty. Dress accordingly, or consider bringing an apron.

The fee is $56 for the public and $52 for Friends of the Nature Center. Paid reservations are required by Monday, Sept. 19. Register online or call (716) 569-2345 or stop into the nature center during business hours.

Trenton Lutes graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, with concentrations in painting, photography, and glassblowing. He is self-taught in the art of bonsai and has instructed bonsai classes at a variety of locations around Chautauqua County including Sensory Winery & Art Gallery, The Resource Center, Westfield Grape Discovery Center and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.