Class Timetable

Thursday Morning [10 AM – 1 PM]  –  Room A
Thursday Evening [7 PM – 10 PM]  –  Room A
Monday Evening [7 PM – 10 PM]  –  Room A
Monday Evening  [7 PM – 10 PM]  –  Room A
Tuesday Morning  [10 AM – 1 PM]  –  Room A
Tuesday Evening  [7 PM – 10 PM]  –  Room A and B
Wednesday Evening  [7 PM – 10 PM]  –  Room A
Thursday Morning  [10 AM – 1 PM]  –  Room B

School Class Dates:

2017 Term 1

First week begins:
Monday, 30th January
Last week ends:
Thursday, 30th March

2017 Term 2

First week begins:
Monday, 24th April
Last week ends:
Thursday, 22nd June

2017 Term 3

First week begins:
Monday, 24th July
Last week ends:
Thursday, 21st September

2017 Term 4

First week begins:
Monday, 2nd October
Last week ends:
Thursday, 30th November

Class Programmes and Syllabuses:

Beginners Term 1 Syllabus
Week 1 – Enrolment, Introduction about the School
  • What is a Bonsai?
  • Bonsai Basics, Tools, Suggested Books,
  • Basic Styles, advised plant varieties and the environment Bonsai require in order to thrive.
  • *Demonstration (Potting Up a Plant)
Week 2 – Plant Material for Bonsai.
  • What to look for when choosing a plant
  • Garden Centre purchases VS Bonsai Nursery purchases.
  • Is there a difference?
Week 3 – Wiring
  • How to apply at what guage and when. Why wire?
  • *Demonstration (Wiring up a Juniper in an upright style.)
Week 4 – Pot Selection
  • Colour, Shape, Size &Depth.
  • What are Mica Pots?
Week 5 – What makes a good Bonsai?
  • Japanese terms explained.
  • How do we develop a plant into a Bonsai?
Week 6 – Two Tree and Twin Trunk Style.
  • Is there a difference?
Week 7 – Root Over Rock Style.
  • What type of plant and rock to use and other equipment required.
  • How to get best results.
  • *Demonstration (Root Over Rock)
Week 8 – Forest Planting – What plants? How many?
  • How do you arrange? How do you train? What pot?
  • *Demonstration (Forest Planting)
Week 9 – Saikei (Tray Landscape)
  • What do you need to create one?
  • Is it a Bonsai?
  • * Video or Demonstration (Creating a Saikei)
Beginners Term 2 Syllabus
Week 1 – Conifers
  • Species suitable for Bonsai
  • Maintenance & styling
Week 2 – Windswept Style
  • Examples of ..
  • suitable material & guidelines.
Week 3 – Plant Profile
  • Buxus
Week 4 – Semi Cascade & Cascade Style
  • Examples of …
  • suitable material & guidelines
  • *Demonstration (How to create a Cascade Bonsai)
Week 5 – Plant Profile
  • Olives
Week 6 – Literati Style
  • Examples of …
  • suitable material & guidelines
Week 7 – Plant Profile
  • Privets
Week 8 – Re-potting
  • How to re-pot established trees and pot bound trees
Week 9 – Raft Style & Sinuous Style
  • Examples of …
  • suitable material & guidelines
  • *Demonstration (How to create Raft Style Bonsai)
Beginners Term 3 Syllabus
Week 1 – Video
  • Bonsai Garden Auburn
Week 2 – The Holy Ron
  • Looks strange but achieves an interesting result
Week 3 – Winter nasties
  • Have you heard of the curl grub?
  • How to treat sick plants.
  • How to prevent pest & disease
Week 4 – Potting Mix
  • Special mixes for different plants?
  • Ingredients needed to make a good one.
Week 5 – Alternate planting bases
  • How about something different?
Week 6 – Natives plants for Bonsai
  • Examples of …
  • Suitable species & Maintenance required.
  • Do we treat them different to exotics?
Week 7 – Fertilising
  • What type, when and how often.
  • Avoid marketing tricks, keep it simple.
Week 8 – Plant Profile
  • Elms
Week 9 – Pruning
  • How to and how often.
  • What to prune first?
  • * Bring your show tree into class for discussion on improvements and preparation.
Beginners Term 4 Syllabus
Week 1 – Plant Profile
  • Azaleas
Week 2 – Propagation
  • Cuttings & Air Layering
  • * Demonstration (How to do an air layer)
Week 3 – Plant Profile
  • Pines
Week 4 – Plant Profile
  • Figs
Week 5 – Plant Profile
  • Junipers
Week 6 – Plant Profile
  • Maples
Week 7 – Jins, Shari & Saba Miki
  • In other words creating deadwood on your plants
  • Techniques used & on what plant material.
Week 8 – Fruiting plants for Bonsai
  • Suitable species
  • special care and
  • how to get the best out of them.
Week 9 – Summer Care
  • Watering programmes,
  • maintenance,
  • positioning of Bonsai
  • etc…
Intermediate Term 1 Syllabus
Week 1 – Summer Report
  • How did your trees fare?
  • Burnt plants, what to do?
  • How to treat plants if they have dried out.
Week 2 – Sacrifice branches
  • Are they worthwhile?
Week 3 – Plant Profile
  • Lantana
Week 4 – Soes / Companion Plants
  • What to use?
  • How do you construct them?
  • What pots do you use?
Week 5 – Rock Plantings
  • What plants are suitable?
  • What rock is ideal to use?
Week 6 – Plant Profile
  • Premna Japonica & Eurya Japonica
Week 7 – Root Expose Style
  • Is it easy to achieve?
  • How do you start?
Week 8 – Let’s check those Root Over Rock
  • What’s the best way to uncover them?
  • What after care is needed?
Week 9 – Collected material
  • Equipment for a dig
  • Best time to do it
  • What to collect and after care required
Intermediate Term 2 Syllabus
Week 1 – Trees with Autumn colour
  • Autumn Jobs
Week 2 – Plant profile
  • Azalea Sao Tome
  • Planting trunks
Week 3 – Australian natives re-visited
Week 4 – Clump style
Week 5 – Plant profile
  • Corokia & Serissa
Week 6 – Weeping style
  • What trees are suitable?
Week 7 – Let’s build a rock!!
Week 8 – Developing trees in the open ground for Bonsai
  • How to? What with? How long? Is it practical?
Week 9 – Root grafting to improve nebari
Intermediate Term 3 Syllabus
Week 1 – Potting mixes and Plant Profile
  • What do you use?
  • Do you vary it for different plants?
  • Jade
Week 2 – Raffia
  • How to prepare it.
  • Why use it?
  • How to apply it.
Week 3 – Ramification and Broom style
Week 4 – Plant Profile
  • Mugo Pine & Picea
Week 5 – Refining pots & Tool maintenance
Week 6 – Miniatures
  • What trees to use.
  • Best ways to achieve them.
  • What special care is required?
Week 7 – Video night!?!?
Week 8 – Plant Profile
  • Metasequioa & Taxodium
Week 9 – Pruning revisited
Intermediate Term 4 Syllabus
Week 1 – Plant Profile
  • CrabApples
Week 2 – Grafting
  • Approach Graft & Thread Graft
Week 3 – Plant Profile
  • HornBeams
Week 4 – Air Layering & Striking Large Cuttings and Plant Profile
  • Gingko
Week 5 – Miscellaneous plants for Bonsai
Week 6 – Plant Profile
  • Oaks & LiquidAmbars
Week 7 – Using Driftwood in Bonsai
Week 8 – Plant Profile
  • Gardenia, Murraya & Crepe Myrtle
  • For the garden or for Bonsai?
Week 9 – Defoliating
  • What, When, How & Why?

Classes are held at:

The Don Moore Community Centre
Cnr N Rocks Rd & Farnell Ave, Carlingford NSW 2118

The Don Moore Community Centre

The Don Moore Community Centre