Welcome to my bonsai intensive calendar for 2024.  Last year I operated 2 locations in LA, located at Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursey and in North Hollywood. The LA groups will now be consolidated into one location, at my private garden located in Arcadia. These intensives are $80/session and run from 9 AM – 2 PM. I require advance RSVP and I cap the number of members.

Currently my San Diego groups are fully booked. If you’d like to join a waiting list for San Diego, please contact me privately via the contact form on my website.

In these intensives I follow these simple principles in the following order:

1) First all work is driven by the health of a tree. As a living art, if a tree dies it ceases to be bonsai. Horticulture and health is the basis for all work.
2) If a tree is healthy it is able to respond to different bonsai based techniques. We can leverage techniques to develop a tree, create branching, and generate predictable responses.
3) With great horticulture and technique, we can pursue art and realize different aesthetic visions or philosophical concepts of bonsai.

If you are interested in participating contact me via my site or my email julian.tsai96@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

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The first study group session for San Diego will be run on January 29th. Session cost is $100 which includes lunch–please RSVP with me to secure your slot! The group is capped at 7 slots, a $50 deposit is required to reserve your position.

We are nearing the end of winter this time of year and will soon enter spring. At this time we can do repotting (for both coniferous and deciduous species), wiring/styling of trees (but no heavy bending at this time), as well as grafting (scion, thread, and approach!) I’d like to center this session around structural work on deciduous trees, which we can address for both roots and branches! But other applicable work is welcome too. Please contact me at julian.tsai96@gmail.com