JCCC Cultural and Heritage Programming is generously sponsored in part by the Toyota Foundation



Bonsai is the art of growing trees, or woody plants shaped as trees, in containers. Originating in China over 1000 years ago and introduced to Japan during the Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), bonsai has been refined into one of Japan’s most preeminent art forms. Since the end of WWII, bonsai has spread to all corners of the earth and is now enjoyed by millions of enthusiasts.

A unique blend of aesthetics and horticulture, bonsai is a living art rewarding the patient and devoted artist with years of pleasure from season to season.

In this course, students will learn the history, theory and practice of bonsai through informative lectures, multimedia presentations, demonstrations and hands on training. Topics will include the artistic principles of styling bonsai, sourcing and selecting raw material, pruning, wiring, watering and transplanting. At the end of the course, the students will have their very own beginner’s bonsai to enjoy and the knowledge to care for it.

This bonsai program is on hiatus until further notice.

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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
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