2021 Saturday Workshops

ALL SATURDAY WORKSHOPS VIA ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Workshops are scheduled on the third Saturday of the month in room 7 as shown below and are open to members only.

We Are Indeed Lucky!!!!

The weather is excellent year round and bonsai hobbiest can create their own bonsai under the best teachers Southern California has to offer. We have teachers who were once students of John Naka, Khan Komai, Melba Tucker etc.

The teachers we have selected drive hundreds of miles (from as far away as Costa Mesa & Upland, Ca), for a modest fee because they love teaching bonsai in Santa Barbara.

Hundreds of bonsai hobbyists thru out the US and the world attend workshops at annual conventions just to watch a demonstration and/or attend workshops taught by most of our selected teachers. Take advantage of this opportunity and learn from the best that Southern California has to offer.

Who are the Bonsai Teachers?

If you ever thought about going to a major bonsai convention, picked up literature or read about bonsai conventions, the following names are familiar to most because they headed workshops, helped at the workshops or did the demonstration(s) : Roy Nagatoshi, Ted Matson, Jim Barrett, Mel Ikeda, Lindsay Shiba, Kathy Benson & Cheryl Manning.

Why Attend our Workshops?

Take advantage of this unique opportunity. You don’t have to fly or drive to another city to attend a convention to attend a workshop taught by the teachers we selected. The teachers are coming here!

Styling a plant into a bonsai can be perplexing. The teachers years of experience, will help a great deal in the suggestions and guidance in turning it into a great bonsai.

Other students will be working on material recently purchased, some in training, and some just needing re-grooming an already beautiful well proportioned bonsai. Just seeing the trees others are working on will or may give you a tip on your selection of material and/or the styling of your bonsai in training.

Students range from beginners to perpetual students. Yes, several have been attending our workshops for at least 40 years. Yes, 40 years! So these “antique students” can also give you tips on what materials are good for bonsai in our area. That alone can save you years of heartache. Not all the beautiful bonsai from the various species depicted in bonsai magazines and books are good for our area.

Student to Teacher Ratio

To assure quality bonsai instruction, the workshops are limited to about eight students. The workshops are three hours long so you will get a lot of personal attention working on your tree.

First Semester

Roy Nagatoshi – January
Cheryl Manning – February
Mel Ikeda – March
Kathy Benson – April

Second Semester

Jim Barrett – July
Mel Ikeda – September
Lindsay Shiba – October
Ann Erb – November

Workshop Fee

Fee is $120 each semester. (4 workshops per semester).
After the semester starts, if space is available, the fee is $35 per session

Signing Up for Workshop

Please sign up and mail check to:

Steve Gibson
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara
P. O. Box 3703
Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Make check payable to: Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara

2020 Spring Workshop Form (PDF)

(Send form and your check to address above or bring form with a check to first workshop)