Bring Your Own Tree Workshop Featuring Frank Mihalic

Schedule and Location

Saturday, August. 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$60.00 member
$70.00 nonmember
Silent observer $20 (phone registration only)

Course Description

Art of the Bonsai Show

In this workshop the PSBS 2018 bonsai master, Frank Mihalic, will work with you on your own trees.

Frank has been immersed in the world of bonsai since birth.  As the son of Bonsai master Tony Mihalic (who started practicing bonsai in 1946) Frank is one of a handful of second generation bonsai artists in the United States. Joining the family bonsai business at the age of 10 Frank began to perfect his skills under the ever watchful eye of his father. Frank specializes in single tree bonsai styles. Frank routinely travels the world teaching workshops.   He also acts as a guide for Bonsai tours and buying trips to the Far East.

Interested in both bonsai and Jewelry he applies his talents to both bonsai and bonsai jewelry. Studying at jewelry academies both in the US and Italy Frank now teaches jewelry workshops as well.

In 3 different years Frank had his tree selected as one of the top 100 hundred bonsai trees in the world by Japan Airlines & the Nippon Bonsai Associations.

Frank has also written books on Bonsai, as well as started the first internet bonsai magazine (  Frank and his Father own and operate Wildwood “Bonsai” Gardens in Chardon, Ohio, USA. (

Instructor: Frank Mihalic
Notes: Please bring your own tree.  Limit 10
Supplies: Students are asked to bring in what tools they have on hand. Extra tools will be provided by Prairie State


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Course Details

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.

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Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.