Saturday, May 2nd: 12-3pm
Instructor: Harold Johnson
Fifth Season Carrboro Outdoor Classroom
Learn how to grow and take care of your own bonsai!
In this workshop, Harold Johnson will teach participants the process of evaluating plant material for potential as a bonsai. Harold will also cover the importance of using an appropriate bonsai soil; proper watering of bonsai; two methods of directing growth of plants to achieve your bonsai design; how to shape the pre-bonsai plant to begin the process of developing a bonsai; how to root and prune pre-bonsai; and how to prepare a bonsai pot for planting.
Participants will receive a tree and a container, and will design, shape, and transplant their own pre-bonsai under Harold’s guidance.
About the Instructor
Since discovering bonsai in 1993, Harold Johnson has immersed himself in the art form. In addition to pursuing bonsai at a personal level, he has shared his bonsai in local, state, regional and national arenas. A ten-day trip to Japan devoted exclusively to bonsai further expanded Harold’s knowledge of the craft.
Harold considers practicing and sharing what he has learned a pleasure. He considers conducting beginner courses a great opportunity to watch individuals develop their interest, knowledge and skills, and enjoys the chance to de-mystify bonsai to groups well-versed in horticulture.
Harold is a Durham County Master Gardener and hosts a radio program titled “Getting Dirty With Durham County Master Gardeners.” Listen to it here. A 2014 edition of Tar Heel Traveler on WRAL featured Harold and some of his bonsai. It has been his pleasure to serve the local bonsai community for the past 22 years in various positions of leadership, especially as the coordinator of Triangle Bonsai Society programs.
*Rain date will be Saturday, May 9th. No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather. Pre-Registration and payment required.