Procumbens Juniper Workshop

Schedule and Location

Sunday, August  5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$95.00 member
$105.00 nonmember
Silent observer $20 (phone registration only)

Course Description

This beginner to intermediate class will feature Procumbens Juniper. The primary focus of this workshop will be what to look for in creating bonsai; design and wiring will all be covered. The trees featured are in 1 gallon pots and have ¾”-1 inch trunks. The goal of this class is to come away with a tree that has it’s first initial styling and is on its’ way to becoming a bonsai.

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:  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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