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 1,000 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. Moving beyond Japan, 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 starts in Spring and ends in the Fall. New students are only accepted at the beginning of the course. Students are encouraged to attend all sessions to the best of their ability because course content is cumulative and calendar-sensitive. The instructor cannot revisit previous course content because the time of year in which that activity will be passed and new calendar-sensitive activities must be performed. Intended for students who are serious, as bonsai are living things and as such, require an ongoing, regular time commitment to be successful, not unlike owning a pet. Bring a notebook and pen to the first class. Maximum 8 students.

Total Classes

10 Classes


$60 (plus HST). Please note that this does not include expenses for tree(s), pots, tools and other supplies. Students are advised that these costs will be approximately $150. Maximum 8 students.


Mike Roussel – Has been growing bonsai for over 20 years. He studied Fine Art at the University of Guelph and was president of the Toronto Bonsai Society from 2009 – 2011. He is a regular speaker at the Toronto club as well as other bonsai and horticultural clubs throughout the GTA. Mike enjoys sharing his passion for bonsai with others and maintains an extensive collection of bonsai at his home.

Spring 2018

Start Date Time Level
Wed. Apr. 11 7:30pm - 9:00pm All

•Bonsai is accessible to people of all ages and abilities but there is a need for sufficient manual dexterity to use tools, bend wire, lift and carry a bonsai (5-10 lbs).
•This course is perfect for people who like to get their hands dirty – tree sap, soil and mud. Use of gloves strongly discouraged.
•Unfortunately, there is no ability to store trees and tools at the JCCC. Participants must be able to take their tree and tools home at end of the class and bring back to next class.

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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5
(416) 441-2345