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 second study group session for San Diego will be run on April 22nd. 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.

Spring is well underway and all of our trees should have been growing over a month since leafing out. This means our deciduous and broadleafed evergreens have begun lignifying or hardening off. Its a great opportunity to do shoot selection, cut backs, and defoliation with thread grafts. We can assess the state of development on these projects to set them on the right path for summer!

Trees to bring: Japanese maples, trident maples, oaks, olives, and any other deciduous or broadleaf!

What not to bring: Pines, unhealthy trees (okay for assessment but not to work on), Junipers*

*Typically junipers are pushing extensions at this time so it’s not the best timing to work on them. Situationally it may be okay–if you have a juniper you’d like to bring contact me first to discuss, thanks!

Please contact me at julian.tsai96@gmail.com