Wednesdays, November 14 & 28, December 12, January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20, March 6 & 20, and April 3, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – American Bonsai Society Intensive Course For Beginners

Bonsai is the art of dwarfing trees and developing them into aesthetically appealing shapes by growing, pruning and training in containers according to prescribed techniques. This 10-week Berkshire Botanical Society intensive course follows the curriculum of the American Bonsai Society and will cover all aspects of bonsai. It is designed for beginners and for those in need of refreshing or expanding their bonsai skills. Topics covered include classic structuring and designing of bonsai, the basic styles, bonsai tools and uses, selecting bonsai stock, pruning, wiring and shaping techniques, styling, containers, potting and transplanting and care and maintenance. Students will practice training trees, repotting, pruning and shaping. Students will follow the ABS handbook curriculum.

Pauline Muth, a Garden Club of the Back Bay speaker in 2012,  is President of the American Bonsai Society. She has won many awards, published many articles in journals and maintains an extensive collection of hardy and non-hardy bonsai. Her bonsai studio is in its 22nd year of operation in West Charlton, NY. BBG member price $275, non-member $300, plus an additional $50 charge for materials. Register on line at