Bonsai Classes

Hiro at Sacramento Bonsai Club

The Bonsai Experience: This class is designed for the true beginner. It is created so you can experience the Ancient Art first hand by making your own Bonsai. It is a complete package; detailed instruction followed by each person creating their own Bonsai.
2 hours of fun.
Economy: Young plant (plastic pot) $75.00
Basic: nice plant 3-7 years old $95.00
The Boomer: good plant 7-15 years old $200.00
The Legacy: great plant over 20 years in training $450.00

Individual Bonsai Workshop: Because people have their own bonsai goals and pursuits, this workshop is a custom designed class to meet each individual's need. Come in with your own materials or purchase one of the thousands available here at the Matsuda Bonsai Nursery. Workshop available by appointment.
Two hours - $50.00 + materials

Professional Bonsai Service: This service is intended for people who just need prompt assistance maintaining their bonsai. Just call or email ahead and your questions will be answered and the work will be done while you wait.
Bonsai health check, trim, and feed: $10.00 small tree
Bonsai health check, trim, and feed: $20.00 large tree
Bonsai needing extensive work: $25.00 and up

Bonsai by the Season: If you like to learn as a group, we have a Bonsai by the Season class. We meet once a month for a seasonally inspired lecture and demonstration pertinent to the given month. Check the schedule of events by clicking the link below.
10:00AM - 12:00PM 3rd Thursday or Saturday of the month $20.00
2015 Bonsai by the Season Calendar

Bonsai Buddies Workshop
Sometimes training in the arts can be an isolating endeavor. Bonsai is a deeply personal practice, but now you do not have to toil alone. Welcome to a new class series designed to bring comraderie to a traditionally solo art form. Bonsai Buddies Workshop is a course designed for up to 7 students each committed to bettering their own understanding of bonsai through cooperative learning. The same student group will meet once a month. Each student may bring as few or as many projects as they would like feedback from their peers, and from the resident expert (and comic), Hiro Matsuda.

The cornerstone of this course is the 12-month, consistent roster format that allows for accelerated learning. Students can learn from their own bonsai(s) coming to fruition and the experience of their 6 classmates across a prolonged period. Finally, a long-term course, for bonsai, a long-term art form! For the benefit of all those in the group this course requires commitment, consistency, and camaraderie.

To help decrease the likelihood of mid-year drops, we will require registration fees in full at the start of the year.

We will meet on the second week of the month. Please select your group: Thursday Buddies, Friday Buddies, or Saturday Buddies.

The class is two hours long. Bring your own tools and plants, pots, and supplies. There will be a discount on purchases made during the class.

Sign up anytime, the fee paid at your first meeting - $250.00
Anytime after that will be - $300.00

Personalized event: We can tailor enjoyable classes for birthdays, company retreats, anniversaries, club gatherings, friend get togethers, or any occasion. Let Hiro know what your wishes are and get a price quote.

Want more classes? If you are interested in other classes, such as: Suiseki {viewing stones}, Raku ceramics, Sumie {Zen painting}, or any other subject, please email Hiro at, or call him at 916-645-1820.