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Learn Beginning Bonsai at Audubon on Sunday, September 25
Learn Beginning Bonsai at Audubon on Sunday, September 25

Jamestown, NY – Google defines “bonsai” as “the art of growing ornamental, artificially dwarfed trees or shrubs.”

On Sunday afternoon, September 25, you can learn “The Art of Bonsai for Beginners” at the Audubon Nature Center.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Trenton Lutes will teach the history of bonsai, the specialized tools used, the most common styles, and general bonsai care. He will share information gathered from years of experience to instruct the beginning bonsai enthusiast in the techniques needed to turn a standard nursery stock plant into your very own bonsai tree.

You can choose from Dwarf English Boxwood, Bird’s Nest Spruce, and Juniper Procumbens on a first come, first choice basis. The availability of all these varieties will make for a diverse and interesting learning experience for everyone.

You will find the front and line of your tree, use careful pruning and pinching to remove unwanted branches, leaves, and needles, and use basic wiring techniques to help shape your tree.

Included with the class will be your plant, one bonsai pot and tray, soil and wire, and the book 101 Essential Bonsai Tips.

Tools will be provided for use during class only. Some will be specialized bonsai tools, but the majority will be simple tools you can find around your home. These you can initially use to get started creating more bonsai without having to invest in expensive, specialized tools up front.

Keep in mind that bonsai is a hands-on technique, so you will likely get dirty. Dress accordingly, or consider bringing an apron.

Trenton Lutes graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, with concentrations in painting, photography, and glassblowing. He is self-taught in the art of bonsai and has instructed bonsai classes at a variety of locations around Chautauqua County including Sensory Winery & Art Gallery, The Resource Center, Westfield Grape Discovery Center, and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

The fee is $56; $52 for Friends of the Nature Center.  Paid reservations are required by Monday, September 19. Stop by, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, or use the online form by clicking on “The Art of Bonsai for Beginners” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. The building, with its collection of live animals, interactive exhibits and the Blue Heron Gift Shop, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.  The grounds, including trails, gardens, picnic tables, arboretum, and Liberty, the Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.  

To learn more about the Nature Center and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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