Bonsai Basics Class

Registration for this event is sold out. 

Have you ever wanted to try bonsai? Here’s your chance! Come prepared to get your hands dirty as you learn about the art of bonsai. After an in-depth presentation about the art of bonsai, you will have the opportunity to create your own juniper bonsai to take home, along with the knowledge of how to care for it – a great keepsake of the day that, with your loving kindness, you will have for years to come! This class is designed for novices of all ages looking to create their first bonsai and have a fun afternoon among the trees of Pacific Bonsai Museum. All bonsai materials are included. We encourage participants to bring a sketchbook and pencil to take notes during the lecture. Participants under the age of 16 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

$95 members
$120 non-members
Tip! For advance registration (Members get priority registration!) and to save $25 on event registration fees, consider becoming a Museum Member! PBM Members also receive access to virtual Curator Q&As, repotting sessions, store discounts and more. Join Now!

Cancellation Policy:
Class cancellations made at least two weeks prior (14 days) to the start date of the class will be fully refunded. Class cancellations made between two weeks prior (14 days) and one week prior (7 days) to the start date of the class will be refunded half the amount. Class cancellations made less than one week (7 days) prior to the start date of the class will not be eligible for a refund. No-shows will not be refunded. All requests for refunds must be sent by email to

About your Instructors:
Bruce Williams was a Master Gardener and Master Pruner. He’s taught gardening topics and lectured extensively to garden clubs and other special interest groups for many years. He discovered his interest and passion for bonsai from his connection with the horticulture of trees and shrubs. Bruce is a past secretary of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA). He is the editor of Sound Bonsai, the monthly newsletter of the PSBA and serves on the editorial board of the American Bonsai Society. Bruce is a retired veterinarian. He and his wife of 55 years have four children and six grandchildren.

Grant Rauzi potted his first bonsai 40 years ago. He was drawn to the beauty and mystery of bonsai but over the years has learned that bonsai—an art based on precision, discipline, focus, awareness, commitment, and continual learning—is the perfect platform for education and self-discovery. He is also a Past-President of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA), and is currently Board Chair of the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Grant is a retired senior management consultant and takes pleasure in teaching, teamwork and fellowship. His community service has included leadership roles with YMCA Youth Programs, Kiwanis/Key Club, patriotic, educational, veterans and R.O.T.C. recognition awards. When he is not training bonsai, Grant enjoys spending time with his family including Kathy, his wife of 43 years, son and daughter (subject of a Seattle Times article on their father/daughter relationship with bonsai) and his new granddaughter.

After a lifetime of love for unique plants, Cory Sutton discovered bonsai 5 years ago and immediately jumped in with both feet. Earning a B.S. in graphic design from Walla Walla University, he has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the design department for the past ten years while building his own design business. Using the creative skills attained in the two-dimensional and digital world continually inspires the design of his ever-growing bonsai collection. As a volunteer at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, he tends to the trees, teaches classes, and connects with visitors looking to learn more about this living art form. When not tending to (or buying more) trees, Cory enjoys visiting Japanese gardens and studying traditional garden design principles, hiking the mountains surrounding his hometown of Walla Walla, and restoring his antique Jeep.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsor:

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Jul 27 2024


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm