Bonsai Class for Beginners

Discover how to prepare and plant a bonsai tree in Redfern

1.5 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $195 (or 4 payments of $48.75 Afterpay)

Learn how to make a DIY planted Bonsai (yours to keep), in this interesting, hands-on and easy plant workshop in Sydney!

Did you know, Bonsai is a Japanese technique of styling and caring for a tree in a pot? These little trees take almost no effort to maintain, and can easily live for many years if you follow the tips from this class.

Held at Merchant & Green Redfern, you'll be surrounded by plants, and be provided with premium ingredients, including a choice of Asian style ceramic pots, mini trees, potting mix and decorative stones and moss.

You even get a pair of scissors to use and keep after the class. Learn the basics, with an easy-to-follow step by step demonstration, and the team will give you one-on-one feedback and tips along the way.

This is an interactive and relaxing class, and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions. Take away your very own handcrafted Bonsai plant, a Bonsai information sheet, a memorable experience, as well as knowledge and skills enabling you to build more Bonsai by yourself.

The Merchant & Green team looks forward to welcoming you to our studio soon!

Add-ons available for this class
  • Bonsai Scissors ($24)
  • Bonsai Wire ($10)
  • Merchant&Green Tote Bag ($10)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
Suitable for beginners with no experience making Bonsai.
What you'll get
  • One hour class.
  • Materials to make a DIY bonsai including a small shrub, ceramic bowl, soil, pebbles.
  • Pair of standard pruning scissors to keep.
  • Info sheet and box to take your bonsai home.
  • Complimentary herbal tea or Simple Organic craft soda.

Merchant&Green - 686 Bourke Street, Redfern NSW

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Join us for inspiring classes covering flower arranging, terrarium making, kokedama and bonsai for beginners. Our beautiful florist and workshop studio space are located in Redfern.

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Irena Pavan Nov 2023

Great venue. Friendly staff.
Learnt a lot in this class.
Look forward to the next class.

Elisia Yeo Nov 2023

We booked this workshop for an anniversary present and it was excellent! The experience was really well organized and generous, with all materials on hand as well as refreshments and scissors we got to keep. Our teacher Chris was great - very supportive with clear explanations and lots of background. Highly recommend.

Jerome Tiratira Nov 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Great session, quite informative, creative, inspiring and our teacher Chris was very nice and friendly.

Liza Attard Nov 2023

Great class with a great teacher. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a small intimate group and we had a lot of fun. The class was held out the back of and amazing florist and it had a really good vibe. It was a bonus to finish the class and take your own Bonsai home. Highly recommend.

Leticia Whelan Oct 2023

Chris was such a great teacher, gentle and encouraging. This was the best creative class I have done in ages

Patricia Hough Oct 2023

It was an amazing experience. Very educational but so much fun. I was amazed at quality of bonsai and the awesome teacher was so patient with us all. I loved workshop and would not hesitate to recommend it either for yourself or as a wonderful. I love my bonsai

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Patricia Hough - Sydney

Darren Gibbards Oct 2023

We had a wonderful time at the Beginner’s Bonsai Course. Chris was very knowledgeable and made our time really enjoyable. We were supplied with everything we needed on the day and the learning space and surrounds were excellent. We loved the bonsai we created and are now looking after at home. Both of us are looking forward to taking part in more of the great courses they have available and will recommend them to our friends. Thanks again! Darren & Troy

Charles Batt Sep 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed my class with Chris. He made the process of turning a pot of hedging plants into a bonsai forrest fun, entertaining and educational.
Most importantly, I now have the confidence to do it by myself and develop a new hobby.

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Charles Batt - Sydney

Louise Bigeni Sep 2023

Great location with very welcoming and informative staff. Very happy with how much we got done within a short amount of time, leaving with my very own Bonsai that I had constructed.

Gardening class review by Louise Bigeni - Sydney

Nora Chee Sep 2023

The teacher Chris was very nice, friendly and helpful.
I'd enjoyed the class.
Will start my Bonsai collections.

Mark Stanisavljevic Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Very friendly and accomodating.
Informative class with lots to offer.
A stage 2 class could prove to be interesting.

Sylvia Calvert Jul 2023

What an amazing morning, thoroughly enjoyed all aspects. Instructions were easy to follow the host was amazing, so relaxing. Would definitely recommend.

Joel Francis Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Fantastic class. We feel really confident about keeping bonzai and are already daydreaming of our next creation. Chris was knowledgeable and encouraging. Fantastic course!

Christie Fyson Jun 2023

Wow what a fun and creative was to spend a Saturday afternoon. Chris our teacher was knowledgeable and helpful especially for myself a first timer in anything plant related.
I did this with my best friend which was extra special. All the materials were great and the venue perfect.

Gardening class review by Christie Fyson - Sydney

Megan Cox Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Chris is a friendly and kind teacher supervising us in a lovely area of the flower shop. The class was relaxed and fun, and we all made great bonsais to take home.

Bhrizel Rosario May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

This bonsai class is a must do! Chris was such a great teacher and was very helpful in giving us tips of how to make our bonsai look it’s best. Will definitely be keen on an intermediate class if available.

Gardening class review by Bhrizel Rosario - Sydney

Kristy Lovegrove May 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The bonsai class was a great experience, our teacher was very knowledgeable and super friendly.
The small class was ideal and shop were it was held just lovely.

Gardening class review by Kristy Lovegrove - Sydney

Morgan Wyburd Apr 2023

We took our mother in law to this class as a surprise. We had no idea how much we would also end up loving bonsai! Chris was so welcoming and lovely. The class was fun and creative. We left with a beautiful bonsai each and a much better understanding and appreciation for this craft. Would highly recommend giving it a go!

Tyler Fullerton Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Had the best morning at the beautiful Merchant and Green making our very own bonsai. Chris was an awesome teacher who broke everything down into simple steps, giving us the tools to take care of our bonsai. We did not feel rushed and having the small class made the experience even more personal. I will be recommending this to everyone

Gardening class review by Tyler Fullerton - Sydney

Linda Sultmann Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Wow! What fun, and it was so much more than I expected. Came away with a beautiful large bonsai. Great advice on care, a pair of bonsai scissors and inspiration to keep going with my new little guy.

Thanks Chris!

Gardening class review by Linda Sultmann - Sydney

Shannon Layfield Feb 2023

Absolutely loved this class! The teacher was fantastic! They provided a great overview about Bonsais and gave guidance when necessary. They absolutely know what they are doing and I would highly recommend doing this class. Me and my partner have now been converted to the way of the bonsai

Gardening class review by Shannon Layfield - Sydney

Marc Harry Feb 2023

21 ClassBento workshops attended • 20 reviews

This class on Bonsai is excellent fun and at the end fulfilling. The teacher gave easy and quite detailed directions for us to follow as well as completing one with us. I would thoroughly recommend this venue and class. My Bonsai is in the sink soaking but have a look. I love it. Thank you.

Gardening class review by Marc Harry - Sydney

Bill Chant Feb 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

was great fun to get a quick idea what bonsai was like and to walk out at the end with a nice one to start with.

Melanie Mulholland Jan 2023

Thoroughly recommend class I went with two friends and we felt welcome from the moment we entered. We left with all the information we need to do more bonsai at home and had a lovely time. Thank you

Joseph Whelan Jan 2023

17 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

100 0ut of 100

If your looking for a good time, you are definitely in the right place. It was a great environment with a fun and bubbly teacher. This art class won’t disappoint. If you like to get a little messy and have some fun, it is definitely a great way to forget your troubles and bring back the zen in your life.can’t wait to sign up for the next class

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Joseph Whelan - Sydney

Kimberlee Hughes Dec 2022

What a wonderful teacher Chris is! So patient and engaging. He really took the time to teach me how to develop a Bonsai, trim it, make it look aesthetically pleasing and to care for it after. I absolutely loved the hands on experience in such a wonderful setting - the smell of the greenery is amazing. I found the cost very reasonable for all the materials involved in making this beautiful plant. I will definitely be back for another class

Gardening class review by Kimberlee Hughes - Sydney

Mimi Nguyen Nov 2022

Chris was an awesome down to earth teacher who made the class enjoyable and fun

Lilas Tran Oct 2022

Booked the class because we were interested to learn how to create our own bonsai. Love how enthusiastic the teacher was and really enjoyed learning how to make and take care of our bonsai.

James Anvia Oct 2022

41 ClassBento workshops attended • 27 reviews

A lovely day out with lots of gift ideas here too. Truly professional trainers here and really made it enjoyable and supportive . Hope to attend other ones very soon . Great experience Sincerely recommend this

Gardening class review by James Anvia - Sydney

Emily Oct 2022

Chris was fantastic, very friendly and helpful. Great tips and advice, we learnt alot about bonsais.

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Emily  - Sydney

Rebecca Oxford Oct 2022

Chris was very patient and helpful. Great value for money considering the size of the plants. Plus lots of fun.

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Rebecca Oxford - Sydney

Glen Kolenc Oct 2022

A friendly, informative, helpful teacher. He was very encouraging & was happy to answer all our questions.

Elaine Nasr Sep 2022

Chris was a great teacher! He was very knowledgeable and patient with the class. The lesson itself was a lot of fun and therapeutic. The products we were given to use were also of great quality. Highly recommended!

Emme Stone Sep 2022

The teacher was really great and explained things super clearly. It was a calm and creative process in a beautiful environment. All in all, I found the workshop very rewarding and I am really happy with what I was able to create.

Gardening class review by Emme Stone - Sydney

Sylvia Barber Sep 2022

Excellent, learnt how to trim the plant etc, trim roots , plant carefully in plantar, clarify theapoearance

Heshani Silva Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The workshop was great. The number of students (four) was perfect, as it allowed for us to mingle and learn from each other (as Chris the instructor guided our creation). There were ample materials given to us to use.The workshop was meant to run for an hour but it went over - which was great because we didn't feel rushed and it felt like Chris and the team were invested in our experience. Definitely would recommend this workshop!

Carole Lee Aug 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Loved the bonsai class … Thank you Chris for making it so much fun I had a great time learning something new. I always enjoy your workshops. Look forward to the next one.

Gardening class review by Carole Lee - Sydney

Christy Lau Jul 2022

Lovely store, wonderful class. We did a private class and our teacher Chris provided lots of guidance. It was a very peaceful and relaxing way to spend our Sunday!

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Christy Lau - Sydney

Michele Chirva Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We had a great time. Chris was patient and a great teacher. His passion for Bonsai comes out in his workshop and the stories shares. Thanks you Chris, we had a lovely time.

Sally Naser Jun 2022

Was very enjoyable and a very special experience. Great for a birthday present for someone who enjoys creativity and nature!

Gardening class review by Sally Naser - Sydney

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