Workshops & Classes

Bonsai Workshops and Classes

We have been running our bonsai classes and workshops at Herons for over thirty years and they have been the source of inspiration for many bonsai enthusiasts. The sessions are run by one of the Herons team and are held most months.

What is a workshop?

All our workshops are hands on sessions for all abilities, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. You can learn any aspect of bonsai in this class. You have a choice of;-

A HALF DAY (two hour) workshop (held during the week) or a WHOLE DAY (four hour) workshop (held at the weekend)

The workshops usually start at 11am to 1pm for the Half Day workshop and from 11am -4pm (with an hour's break for lunch) for the Whole Day workshop.

Prices - £49 for a Half-Day and £69 for the Whole Day workshop.

Prices for the workshops are for instruction only. You can bring your own material (one tree per person please) to work on or use material from our nursery. If you like what you make on the workshop you simply pay for the material at the end of the class. If you simply wish to use our material to practice on, you are welcome to do that too.

We offer a choice of courses to cater for all abilities. Excellent value considering what you can learn in just a short while.

New dates are posted on our web site each month. You can book a course online or over the phone.

Our workshops teach you all you need to know about a particular subject from how to care for various species to how create them from ordinary trees and shrubs.

1-2-1 with Peter Chan

Peter does offer a 1-2-1 lesson for those who would like individual tuition. Please contact Herons for details.

For those who would like a more intensive course, we have the facilities for this as well. These residential courses are especially popular with visitors from abroad. If you are interested in this - please contact us by email or by phone.

Workshop dates

April 2019
17th April (Wednesday) - Half Day Workshop NOW FULL
24th April (Wednesday) - Air Layering Workshop (Half Day)

May 2019
4th May (Saturday) - Full Day Workshop NOW FULL
15th May (Wednesday) - Air Layering Workshop (Half Day)
25th May (Saturday) - Full Day Workshop
Our Products
english yew bonsai workshop
Create a Yew bonsai and take it home with you. Please contact us for dates before you book.
herons bonsai residencial workshop
Herons Bonsai Residential Facility for workshop participants. Please email for more details.
our regular classes are run throughout the year. 
these are the dates for next couple of months
Our Regular classes are run throughout the year. For Winter workshops we reserve the right to cancel last minute depending on the temperature, please check with us before you book travel.
Creating Bonsai from Nursery stock workshop
Creating Bonsai from Nursery stock workshop. Please contact us for dates of this workshop.
diy maple forest 21 trees + ?89 pot
DIY Maple forest 11 trees + 89 pot. Please contact us for dates before booking.
 Indoor bonsai Workshop
One of the Herons Team will repot your bonsai tree in this clinic. This will take place each Wednesday throughout February and March. Bring your trees and get them repotted. Guide prices are detailed below.
Cascade Juniper Bonsai Workshop
Learn to make your own Juniper Cascade Bonsai from nursery material. Please get in touch to see what dates are available.
niwaki | japanese garden tree pruning
Learn the art of Japanese garden tree pruning with the master (Peter Chan). Please contact us for dates.
special air layering workshops
Learn how to make successful air layerings in just a couple of hours.
Making rock plantings with artificial rocks and Tufa
Making rock plantings with artificial rocks orTufa
Pine Bonsai Workshop
Pine Bonsai Workshop. Please contact us for dates before booking.
Tanuki/Phoenix graft or false driftwood tree
Tanuki/Phoenix graft or false driftwood tree