Botanicah, gardening teacher



location_on Melbourne

local_activity classes: BonsaiShibori and Fabric DyeingFlower WreathGardeningKokedamaTextilesFloristry

4.9 (65)
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Relax, destress, make and explore your creativity with a growing range of plant related workshops. Located in Melbourne's most beautiful dramatic greenhouse venue.





Sara Weiskop Apr 2024

Bonsai class was given to me as a gift.
Excellent class. Teacher was great. Helpful and explained everything clearly.
I learnt a lot and am looking forward to nurturing my new bonsai plant.
Thank you.

Elissa O'Sullivan Apr 2024

The class was lots of fun - held in a lovely venue and ran for just long enough to get a confident start with a new bonsai tree. Ben our teacher provided clear information and support whenever it was needed along the way.

Dominique Acciarito Apr 2024

The class was super slow. 1.5 hours was actually 2.5 hours. Lots of waiting for other people to catch up. Teacher told us to vision what we wanted our bonsai to look like, but people had no idea what that meant. Some info graphics, or inspo photos of the different growth patterns would be great. And if the teacher also made a bonsai at the same time to show people how to do it. There was too many variety’s of bonsai so people were confused. There were two teachers contradicting each others instructions, leaving everyone confused. The room wasn’t set with enough materials leaving everyone asking for more wire, meshing ect to make their bonsai.

Mirjana Gligorova Apr 2024

26 ClassBento workshops attended • 14 reviews

What a lovely venue surrounded by beautiful plants for the bonsai workshop. Great choice of trees and pots to do our bonsai. The teacher was really, really kind, knowledgeable, caring, all the time around, and helping us all with his advice, which I appreciated it a lot. Bonsai is a personal experience but having a knowledgeable and helpful teacher made the whole experience much better.
Thank you, can't wait to do another bonsai tree.

Irene Koumanelis Apr 2024

the class was fun and relaxed. the teacher was friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed it.

Rosanne McMennemin Mar 2024

The teacher was fabulous, warm and welcoming. He made learning so simple and easy.
The venue was the best bring surrounded by the beautiful plants.
I love my pot and juniper.
The glass was good value for money.
It was nice bouncing off ideas with other participants and the teacher.
Highly recommend this class. Thankyou.

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Rosanne McMennemin - Melbourne

Linh Tran Mar 2024

Great introductory session to growing bonsai. The instructor was knowledgeable and kept things moving along at a good pace. Would be handy if they could provide a hand out as reference material on how to look after your bonsai at home so you don’t have to rely solely on your memory.

Teacher's response

Hey Linh! Thanks for coming to our class - I do have an run down pdf of the class. Feel free to email us to receive this.

Chloe Lim Mar 2024

Did this workshop as a date and it was really fun! They explained in-depth how to care for a bonsai, making them, etc., and for a beginner like us it was really helpful. Great start to a new hobby. They had a nice pot selection and we had options between pine and maple tree.

Linda Moultrie Mar 2024

Fun, informative and relaxed. Nice to have a bit of kiwi connection going on too. Thanks.

Louise d'Angelo Feb 2024

We had the best time. Great venue, amazing teacher. It was very informative and I loved that all the materials were supplied and we took our bonsai creation home. Highly recommended A++

Sue Solly Feb 2024

The class was highly enjoyable - great venue, great teacher, all materials supplied and I was able to take home my own bonsai with confidence that I could look after it.

Bianca Picinali Feb 2024

Lovely venue, happy helpful staff and Ben was encouraging.
Fun session beautiful Bonsai created and will be cherished.

Debra Round Feb 2024

Awesome class in a beautiful setting. Teacher was wonderful and easily answered any questions we had, silly or not.
Great atmosphere and easy class for a Saturday morning.
Highly recommended A++++

Great to do with friends

Sarah O'Brien Jan 2024

Had so much fun! And the staff at Botanicah were so nice, they even gave me a little sample packet of slow release fertiliser ❤️

Gardening class review by Sarah O'Brien - Melbourne

Adele Scott Jan 2024

Ben gave step by step instructions and support. Excellent choice of trees and pots. Good value for money and a great idea for friend group activity
Small group was ideal. Thanks heaps

Gardening class review by Adele Scott - Melbourne

David Fantoma Jan 2024

Very informative, Theo answered all questions and walking away with a bonsai sealed the deal, well worth doing the class!

Jenny O'Brien Jan 2024

Theo was very knowledgeable and approachable and explained the process and rationale very well. The location was beautiful and had an overall calm and tranquil environment. Would definitely recommend this class!

Jenny O'Brien Jan 2024

This was such a great class! The teacher Theo was very knowledgeable and approachable and explained the concepts and process very well. The venue was perfect for this class, very serene and relaxed. I have had bonsais for several years but have never done any classes or courses on how to care for them properly, and this class gave me invaluable knowledge and skills that I can use to care for my plants. I loved that we were able to select a plant and take it home at the end of the class too!

Martina Ko Jan 2024

My daughter gifted this to me for Christmas and what a fabulous gift it was! The setting was beautiful, I had an excellent teacher and I learnt all the ins and outs on how I can grow my own bonzais. Great class!

Raven Angelus Dec 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

The facilitator was very knowledgeable and friendly. I learnt heaps and I love my new bonsai.

Itthichai Wong-U-Thai Dec 2023

Teacher had a nice flow of teaching surrounded by plants giving a sense of nature indoor while learning about bonzai we had opportunity to all ask other plant questions.

Was a couples experience and what an experience it was walking away with your own bonzai !

Gardening class review by Itthichai Wong-U-Thai - Melbourne

Kieran Fargher Dec 2023

A really fun and unique experience, ended up with a wreath i really love and left with a ton of fun memories

Floristry class review by Kieran Fargher - Melbourne

Tahlia Blow Dec 2023

Theo was absolutely lovely and informative. Unfortunately the class started about half an hour late and there wasn’t enough scissors for us to have our own pair, and the flowers, twine and finishing ribbon ran out before the end of the class. There were toilets and water on site however no housekeeping per se so had to ask. There was some really nice wooden wreath centre parts but most of us had ones from Kmart.
Overall a fun class with a beautiful atmosphere and very friendly staff but a few things that could really make it flawless.

Floral Wreath Making Workshop review by Tahlia Blow - Melbourne

Samantha Jorgensen Dec 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Great class in a lovely setting. Welcoming teacher and wreaths turned out great. Would do again

Floristry class review by Samantha Jorgensen - Melbourne

Caitlin Bowie Dec 2023

The teacher was approachable and conducted the class really well. There were lots of florals and plant material to choose from, however it was a very large class and some of the florals I was using ran out and I wasn't able to do as much as I would have liked. I would recommend this class for friends and family, and would be fun to do with a group of people.

Annette Hayes Dec 2023

It would have been nice to have a glass of wine just to add to the event, but overall a lovely experience.
Thankyou Theo

Sarah McInerney Dec 2023

Perfect class before Christmas. Brilliant class and Theo was a great instructor. Venue is perfect.

Yeisy Delgado Dec 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We really enjoyed this class, Theo was a great teacher, really helpful and approachable. The space is beautiful and smells amazing from the minute you walk in, the only feedback we have is the lack of Christmas materials. This was a Christmas Wreath workshop and there was no Christmas materials or colours. For example the ribbons, they could be red, green, gold instead of just white. There was no red flowers or even some pine cones. It just felt a bit more like a normal wreath making rather than Christmas. It was still a lovely workshop.

Belinda Isles Nov 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed the bonsai class. Our teacher was friendly and knowledgeable and we came away with a beautiful bonsai tree each. I am now more confident about how to care for bonsai. Loved the setting for the class surrounded by beautiful greenery. Class was relaxing and fun would highly recommend

Natalie James Nov 2023

The teacher was very knowledgeable, I loved the class and my take home bonsai tree. Very inspired to continue growing bonsai. Highly recommended this class.

Mh Craig Nov 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Lovely setting with luxurious healthy plants to confirm the teacher's expertise. Small group, so learned a lot, with level of info just right for beginners. Would recommend!

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Mh Craig - Melbourne

Evelyn Culnane Nov 2023

Loved it! A great class and excellent instructor. Relaxing environment and a perfect way to commence my journey into the world of bonsai!

Michelle Gaudion Oct 2023

My cousin and I enjoyed every moment of our wreath making class this afternoon. Our teacher guided us in the creation of the most beautiful wreath. We could not have enjoyed it more! Creative, fun and satisfying. Thanks so much

Floral Wreath Making Workshop review by Michelle Gaudion - Melbourne

Deanne Maroulis Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

It was so fun & I had no idea I’d get so into the creative process. I went with my cousin & it was lovely to spend the time together seeing our beautiful wreath creations come to life! A beautiful selection of natives were on offer to use for the wreaths, surrounded by plants & flowers. Awesome to come home with a wreath to use & look at year after year.
Our instructor was helpful, friendly, knowledgeable & interested in what each of us were making.

Shilpa N Oct 2023

It was a wonderful fun & informative class. The teacher was very knowledgeable & we all had an amazing experience.

Rachel Gregory Oct 2023

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

The bonsai class was so fun! The teacher was very knowledgeable and did a fun quiz. We learnt a lot about how to care for the plant.

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Rachel Gregory - Melbourne

Anonymised ClassBento student Oct 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Great facilitator so knowledgeable and friendly, made the experience really great.
Really enjoyed this experience

Gardening class review by Anonymised ClassBento student - Melbourne

Olivia Smith Oct 2023

What a fantastic teacher and overall experience! I’ll be bondsai-ing everything for days!

Sarah Martin Sep 2023

Teacher was great and info useful but it only went for one hour, when it was advertised for two hours. I feel that it was very pricey for only one hour

Teacher's response

Hey Sarah thanks so much for your review! We appreciate your constructive words and we note that our tip take home sheets were not included in this session. Feel free to email us at [email protected] :)

Gaye Stewart Aug 2023

It was a great group of people and the facilitator was friendly, informative and attentive to each students needs.

Gardening class review by Gaye Stewart - Melbourne

Jake Macdonald Aug 2023

Excellent teacher. Clearly very knowledgeable- an expert!
Good materials to work with
Enjoyed the class and came away with a nice bonsai

Rashmi Makela Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

This class was a great way to learn the basics of creating a bonsai.
The teacher was a lovely, calm presence - clearly very knowledgeable, experienced and well placed to guide students. Creating and taking care of a bonsai is a metaphor for creating and taking care of your own life, and if you look at it from that perspective, the class is both philosophical, thought provoking and very practical.
Class is not too long, relaxed, a great little add in to your weekend without taking it over! Very satisfying to take home a piece that although small, is pleasing to the eye, and very obviously a bonsai. Take this class if you love learning, plants and creating :)

Gardening class review by Rashmi Makela - Melbourne

Catherine Filippone Jul 2023

The class was really great, the teacher was super knowledgeable and willing to help everyone. I feel like there should be a discounted follow up class available as our bonsais grow and maybe a little sheet just summarising some bonsai care pointers could be great. The food and beverage option was a really nice touch and it was generally a worthwhile session

Claire Nance Jul 2023

Very enjoyable class with a wonderful teacher - so generous with information and answering every question. Learnt exactly what I needed to get started. Loved it.

Mateo Flores Jul 2023

Loved the relaxed setting and the clear instructions given by Tamara. It opened the air to a vibe of creativity which I just loved so much

Betul Kuyruk Jul 2023

We learnt so much! Wish there were a variety of different trees so we could learn about the different ways to care for them but ultimately the methods we used could be applied to so many other plants. Thanks again!

Belinda Webster Jul 2023

A great and patient guide, in a lovely setting. Will happily recommend and I hope to be back, seeing I live 3 hrs away

Gardening class review by Belinda Webster - Melbourne

Clare Cooper Jun 2023

Such a calming workshop. Great teacher and the venue was so lovely! Definitely recommend this!

Glenn Bretag Jun 2023

Great atmosphere and very knowledgeable teacher. Had a great time and learnt a lot. Thanks

Hiroko Matsumoto May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Teacher and session were informative, very helpful. I have learnt lots in this session and looking to come back for intermediate to advance class sometime in the future.

Lisa Connaughton May 2023

6 ClassBento workshops attended

The bonsai class was a great experience, our teacher was very knowledgeable and super friendly. There was plenty of supplies to create your own bonsai masterpiece.
The shop where the class was held was wonderful, so many plants for inspiration.

Vanesa Ogues May 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Teacher was knowledgeable and kind.

Would have loved the option of making a tea or coffee as attended on quite cold day and back door open; however the room was really lovely

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Vanesa Ogues - Melbourne

Roxanne Pickering Apr 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Very informative and fun class! The instructor was very kind and patient. The venue was stunning and all materials provided :)

Nadine Ednie Apr 2023

Great venue, filled with plants and peaceful. The instructor Coco was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and easy to listen to. I gained good basic information regarding starting bonsai…and I came out with 2 new bonsai Thank you Coco

Winter Stagg Apr 2023

32 ClassBento workshops attended • 28 reviews

at a beautiful lil shop just after the sun had gone down my support worker and i discovered a wonderful evening with a very welcoming and knowledgeable teacher!
even better we both walked away with two really beautiful bonsai each and a whole lot of interest in perusing the tradition further.
if you like open, beautifully green spaces, dripping with healthy plants and buzzing with gentle conversation, this is the class for you.
it's not strict and intense like an old school, traditional bonsai school this is where you go to have fun, learn new things, and find out how incredibly creative you and your fellow students an be!
recommend for individuals and groups definitely a great idea to take mum to for mothers day!

Gardening class review by Winter Stagg - Melbourne

Rebecca Yuncken Mar 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Coco was an excellent teacher who showed his passion for bonsais through his teaching and really connected with his students. We learned so much about how to create and care for our new plants and came away with beautiful young bonsais for our garden. I would highly recommend this class!

Gardening class review by Rebecca Yuncken - Melbourne

Lisa Bailey Mar 2023

My son and I really enjoyed the Bonsai for beginners class. The teacher was very patient and explained things clearly. He was very helpful and giving of his time and expertise. The venue was lovely. Being surrounded by indoor plants made the experience more special. Thanks.

Shirley Shim Mar 2023

The class and space was great! I’ve learnt a lot about bonsai and how to repot, prune and wire! The instructor was very knowledgeable about plants and we could see his passion and enthusiasm in class. We get to take home our bonsai we potted too which was awesome!

Jannen Tan Feb 2023

Great fun, got to pot, wire and decorate 2 bonsais to keep. Informative and a great start to the art of bonsai!

Amy Weston Jan 2023

This class was held in an amazing room, all the supplies were more than I expected and the teacher was really nice approachable and explained things as we went. I would highly recommend for anyone interested and not sure where to start. Thank you!

Jenny Chan Jan 2023

83 ClassBento workshops attended • 81 reviews

I had been looking around to do a bonsai plant class for quite some time.
This one I found at Botannicah was a quality experience. Beginner friendly. It is conveniently located to public transport and shops. Their spacious venue setting was very calming and a rejuvenating green escape. Surrounded by many beautiful indoor plants we were guided by a very patient teacher, who knew his craft well and passed on some valuable tips on how to create your bonsai and ongoing care tips. I took home these 2 bonsai plants, I made during the class that I can keep either indoors or outdoors. All materials and refreshments were provided. I would highly recommend this unique plant class.

Bonsai Class for Beginners review by Jenny Chan - Melbourne

Sarah Simpson Dec 2022

My friend and I both absolutely loved our time and the wreath making class. It was a beautiful venue and a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. There was help if needed and plenty of pieces/options to put together to create our piece. Honestly, I loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat

Floral Wreath Making Workshop review by Sarah Simpson - Melbourne

Alekszandra Hitik Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

It was a nice relaxing workshop with lots of materials and beautiful Christmas music background. The venue is nice and spacious. I enjoyed it and learned new things about willow wreaths

Floristry class review by Alekszandra Hitik - Melbourne

Irina Hart Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

It was a lot of fun, we really enjoyed it! The teachers were lovely and approachable, the venue was gorgeous and teh apmosphere was very friendly and joyful. Highly recommend to anyone!

Kerryn Jones Dec 2022

This was such a great class! There was always help available (believe me, I needed it!) and so many options in terms of the types of wreaths you could make, and what you could use to create yours. Highly recommend!

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