Flowering Pear and Crabapple Workshop

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.

$150.00 member
$160.00 nonmember
Silent observer $20 (phone registration only)

$150.00 member
$160.00 nonmember

Course Description

This workshop is for up to 10 students from beginner to intermediate skill level. These field grown trees are from the area they are used to our weather conditions and feature trunks of 2-4 inches. These particular trees where started as seeds in 2000 and then planted in the field in 2004 and were harvested between 2016 and 2017.  Both the types of trees are flowering and fruit bearing. The workshop will consist of initial styling and wiring along with some discussion of carving opportunities with the instructor, Jim Beck. 

Jim is a member of our club and has been involved in Bonsai for over 35 years. He is the co-owner of BC Bonsai and has been leading workshops for over 15 years. BC Bonsai has won many ribbons and nationally judged shows at the professional level.

Instructor: Jim Beck
Notes: Limit 10
Supplies: Price includes materials. Students are asked to bring in what tools they have on hand. Extra tools will be provided by Prairie State.
* material selection is by lottery drawing

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Course Details

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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.