A combination of horticulture, design and tradition, the ancient art of bonsai is often seen as arcane and more than a little intimidating. However, for those willing to learn the basics, caring for bonsai is a hobby that offers lifelong rewards.
Be welcomed into the world of bonsai at Rikumo’s newest workshop, where participants will tend and shape their own perfectly potted sapling under the guidance of master bonsai artist Bob Mahler. Over the course of four and a half hours, Bob will impart lessons learned over his 30 years in the field with hands-on demonstrations illustrating the fundamental tenets of bonsai care.
Each participant will be provided with all of the necessary tools and materials, including a small juniper tree, the ideal soil, a properly sized pot, wire to guide the tree's growth and a pair of pruning scissors. At the end of the workshop, you'll walk away with a tree of your own and all the knowledge you need to ensure your bonsai lives a long and happy life.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a pen and paper to take notes during the class.
About Bob Mahler
As president of the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society and owner of Kifu Bonsai, Bob Mahler's bonsai bona fides are well-established. Trained in the art of bonsai since age 15, Bob has spent four years in Tochigi-Ken, Japan, under the tutelage of world-renowned artist Susumo Sudo and 11 years as curator of bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. When he’s not tending to plants or hosting lessons at his garden studio in Greenville, PA, Bob works as a consultant for various horticultural institutions and oversees the bonsai exhibit at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.
Date: Sunday, June 25th
Time: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m
Tickets: $150 (includes the cost of a bonsai tree and all materials necessary for its care)
Optional: Bring a pen and paper.
19 W. Lancaster Ave.