101 Class Schedule

Bonsai 101 Series

The Cascade Bonsai Society 101 Mentorship Committee has organized a series of workshops targeted to help those interested in learning bonsai. The goal of the workshops is to help take some of the mystery out of the initial bonsai learning curve, and to provide monthly opportunities for hands-on experience with a variety of tree species.

    Saturday, March 28
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: Ashland Art Center, Main Classroom
357 E Main St, Ashland
Instructor: Lee Cheatle, Bonsai Society of Portland

Cost: $45 (Includes Boxwood stock and ceramic pot. A variety of pot colors will be provided. ) 


Registration now open. click here.

We are delighted to announce that Lee Cheatle, past president and long-time instructor from the Bonsai Society of Portland will be back as the key instructor for our second 101 class.

Class limit: 20 students

Each month we will build on the skills from the previous class. A reference syllabus will be provided to every student, with a new species introduced each month. The classes can also be taken a-la-carte, so please don’t feel you have to commit to the whole 6-month series.

The 6-month bonsai 101 series dates and featured species are:

January 25: Juniper procumbens nana  how to clean a tree, find the front, take out flaws, intro to styling, intro to wiring

February 22: Hinoki Cypress –  how to clean a tree, introduce the concept of Refinement vs. Development.

March 28: Boxwood  introduce the “clip and grow” method and learn repotting skills

April 25 Hemlock – Discover the world of alpine species – dive deeper into design principles and pot selection for these beautiful trees.

May 23Cotoneaster –A perfect species to create cascade bonsai using the clip and grow method. An easy and fast-growing species to work on.

June 27: Deciduous tree TBD (Chinese Elm, Hornbeam or Maple)

Species may change pending future stock procurement opportunities. 


Do I need to bring tools to the classes?
No, our club will provide all the tools and supplies (plus the trees of course!) for you. Once you get started you will most likely want to purchase your own set of tools but no worries, we have everything you need to start.

Do I need to sign up for all of the classes?
While we encourage you to take the 6 classes, there is no requirement to do so.  The classes can be taken a-la-carte if that works better with your schedule. Each class will focus on a different species so you’ll be learning new things each class.