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:
Brock Arvesen
 is one of the Bonsai and Garden assistants here at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, where he helps maintain the bonsai collection and the facility. He also works part-time as a geologist for an engineering firm working at various large construction sites throughout Washington. During his free time (that’s not dedicated to bonsai) Brock is often found exploring the mountains with his wife, dog, and harnessed-trained cat. His background in the sciences, deep love for the arts, and connection to nature made it very easy for Brock to begin a new life journey pursuing bonsai.

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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Aug 17 2024


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm