Are you fascinated by bonsai, the ornamental tree or shrub grown as a miniature in a container to be a piece of art?
On Sunday afternoon, July 23, you can learn to create miniature trees in the Japanese bonsai tradition at “The Art of Bonsai for Beginners” at the Audubon Community Nature Center.
From 2 to 4 p.m. Trenton Lutes will teach the history of bonsai, the specialized tools used, the most common styles, and general bonsai care — all while you create your own bonsai tree. He will share information gathered from years of experience to instruct the beginning bonsai enthusiast in the techniques needed to turn a standard nursery stock plant into your very own bonsai tree.
Using pre-selected nursery stock you will find the front and line of the trees, use careful pruning and pinching to remove unwanted branches, leaves and needles, as well as use basic wiring techniques to help shape the trees.
Included with the class will be your plant, one bonsai pot, 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 use initially 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.
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.
The fee is $56; $52 for Nature Center members. Space is limited. Paid reservations are required by Monday, July 17: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through the Events page at auduboncnc.org.
Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.