The Art of Bonsai

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health threat, we are suspending public programs scheduled from March 16 through September 30, 2020. Morikami will continue to reevaluate and reassess as information about the virus and its impact on public health is presented.

Bonsai means “a tree in a tray.” The art of bonsai creates the illusion of age and maturity of a tree which has developed and sustained the effects of nature for many years. Students of bonsai learn to artfully trim and train a tree in a container. Beginners and Intermediate Students welcome!

hand pruning bonsai

2019-2020 Schedule

  • Days: Sundays, 5-week sessions
  • Beginners: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Intermediate: 9:00am – 12:00pm


  • Session 1: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
  • Session 2: Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 15, 22* (22nd takes the place of the previously scheduled class that was on the 8th)
  • Session 3: Jan 5, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9
  • Session 4: Feb 16, 23, Mar 1, 8, 15

Class Details


  • 5-week Session: $91 ($81 members)

Note: Class sessions run 5-weeks and are purchased as a “session only,” not individual classes.

Material Fee

  • Beginners: $45
  • Intermediate: NA

Note: Please pay fee to instructor via cash or check on first day of class.


  • The prerequisite for the intermediate class is ‘The Art of Bonsai’ Beginners class or prior approval by the instructor before registering for the course.


  • Oki Education Center



  • Bonsai learning manual
  • Pruning tool
  • One beginner’s bonsai tree
  • Bonsai pot
  • Use of wire and bonsai soil

BEGINNERS: All materials should be purchased in the classroom, or bought on the first day of class. It is suggested that you arrive 20 minutes early to purchase your materials before the start of class


  • Bonsai Tree
  • Pruning tools
  • Bonsai pots, soil and wire as needed
  • Some materials may be purchased from the instructor

Popular Plant Materials for Bonsai in South Florida

Meet Your Instructor

Vladimir Foursa

As the noted curator of the Morikami Museum’s extensive bonsai collection since 2010, Vlad Foursa is currently redesigning the exhibit and enhancing it with outstanding bonsai trees. Vlad’s been teaching at the Morikami for almost a decade and has developed a loyal following of students. In 2008 he won the coveted Joshua Roth National New Talent Bonsai Competition. He has written articles on tropical bonsai, has won a number of awards, has appeared on TV and is a guest speaker at many local bonsai clubs and schools from elementary to college where he does demonstrations and workshops. Students will learn and apply basic principles of the art of bonsai, including horticultural aspects of growing bonsai, styling care and maintenance.

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