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Brazilian rain tree (Chloroleucon tortum) Bonsai Workshop

Schedule and Location

Sunday August 4, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$175.00 member
$185.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
$20.00 Silent observer registration is by phone only.

Course Description

The Brazilian Rain Tree is a beautiful tropical tree. The bark is very smooth and tends to exfoliate creating multi-colored shades in the trunk. A female raintree's trunk will begin to flatten and change shape as it matures. The tree has small compound leaves that will shut at night or during rainfall. The material for this workshop is in 3 gallon pots and have 1-1/2 to 2 inch trunks and range from 18 to 28 inches tall giving the student plenty of options to work with. This workshop is geared towards people with some experience with Bonsai. The primary focus of this workshop will be on styling the tree both with wire and branch selection.

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Dana Quattlebaum, bonsai artist

Dana is our PSBS 2019 guest bonsai artist. Dana viewed his first bonsai tree at the 1996 Mothers Day Bonsai Exhibit at the Memphis Botanical Gardens. He was so mesmerized by their tranquility, strength, & beauty that he began volunteering at Brussels’ Bonsai Nursery in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The next year, he accepted a full-time position with Brussels’ as the Production Assistant. In 1999, he was chosen as their Production Manager/Resident Bonsai Artist. Dana began giving lectures and demonstrations on bonsai techniques throughout the South, Central, and Mid-West United States in 2000. In 2011, Dana started his own bonsai nursery, which continues to grow.

Course Details

  • Notes: Material selection is by lottery drawing, Limit 10
  • Prerequisite: Some experience with Bonsai
  • Supplies: Price includes materials. Students are asked to bring in what tools they have on hand. Extra tools will be provided by Prairie State.

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