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Bonsai course online. Master Bonsai keeping! Join the many who have learnt the ancient oriental art of bonsai through this practical and comprehensive course. Eight lessons cover the selection of plants suited to bonsai, understanding the history and classic shapes which form the basis of the art, techniques of planting, training, pruning, watering & feeding and ways of using bonsai both indoors and outdoors. Create several bonsai of your own during the course.
Lesson Structure: Bonsai BHT320
There are 8 lessons:
- Plant Taxonomy Botanical/Horticultural Nomenclature, The Binomial System, Botanical Classification, Plant Families and Species, Hybrids, Varieties and Cultivars
- Pronunciation of Plant Names
- Groups of Plants
- Resources reference books, organisations, magazines and journals, nurseries, bonsai shops, seed suppliers and the internet.
- Methods of Propagating Plants sexual propagation, asexual propagation
- Seed Propagation collecting seed, storing seed and sowing seed
- Cutting Propagation stem cuttings, hardwood cuttings, semi-hardwood cuttings, leaf cuttings, leaf bud cuttings, root cuttings, factors affecting rooting of cuttings, striking cuttings, after care.
- Propagating Mixes and potting mixes
- Other Propagation Methods layering, air layering and grafting.
- Plants for Bonsai
- History of Bonsai
- Types of plants suited for use as Bonsai sourcing Bonsai material
- Some plant choices
- Bonsai Styles and Techniques
- Classification of styles of Bonsai eg. formal upright, informal upright, slanting or leaning, semi cascade, cascade
- Other styles of classification eg. sakei
- Japanese classification
- Bonsai Techniques
- Bonsai Containers preparing the container
- Wire wiring a bonsai
- Tools needed for Bonsai work pruning tools, potting tools and wiring tools.
- Creating Bonsai
- Principles of Design roots, trunk and branches.
- Evaluating the Bonsai and assessing additional features
- Pruning and shaping the bonsai plant prune and grow techniques
- Wiring wiring techniques and grooming
- Branch Patterns in Bonsai jins, shari and driftwood
- Root Evaluation in the Initial Stages of Bonsai potting the Bonsai, rock planting, clasped to rock design and root over rock.
- Bonsai Culture and Maintenance
- Soils Soil composition, colloids, structure, texture, chemical properties, improving soils, improving texture, improving structure, improving fertility.
- Soil for potted bonsai principle components
- Particle characteristics particle size, sorting, particle shape, particle surface texture
- Growing Medium Mixture functions of a growing medium, properties of a growing medium, drainage, water retention and colour and appearance.
- The Nutrient Elements macronutrients and micronutrients
- Common Pest Problems on Bonsai eg. aphids, borers, caterpillars, scale and thrips.
- Common Fungal Diseases of Plants eg. Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew and Rust
- Watering and Fertilising Bonsai symptoms of water deficiency, symptoms of excess water and fertilising.
- Repotting and Root Pruning the Bonsai
- Maintenance Pruning for Bonsai removing dead/diseased wood, controlling the type of growth, controlling shape and size, rejuvenating, leaf cutting, basic rules of pruning, points to consider when pruning.
- Placing the Bonsai
- Landscaping Principles for Bonsai
- Principles of Landscape Design Unity, Balance, Proportion, Harmony, Contrast and Rhythm
- Qualities of Landscape Components line, form, mass, space, texture, colour and tone
- Creating Landscape Effects
- Landscape Applications for Using Bonsai group plantings, ssaikei, bonseki, bonkei, miniature gardens, rock gardens, water gardens.
- Bonsai in Tubs and Landscape Features
- Special Assignment
- Research a particular aspect of bonsai of interest.
This course is taught by:
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.
An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.
Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.
Learning Goals: Bonsai BHT320
- Demonstrate knowledge of the plant kingdom, an understanding of the taxonomic hierarchy, and an appreciation of the types of plants suitable for bonsai.
- Understand methods of propagation used in bonsai.
- Learn the species of plants most suited to bonsai.
- Learn a range of bonsai styles and techniques used to achieve them.
- Understand the process of creating bonsai.
- Understand the basics of successful bonsai culture.
- Understand landscape design principles to better create bonsai landscapes.
- Carry out research into a particular aspect of bonsai of interest to the student.
- Develop plant review sheets for different plants suitable for bonsai.
- Make up a list of resources/contacts useful to a bonsai grower.
- Research what constitutes a good propagating mix.
- Visit a nursery and observe the nursery stock present to assess suitability for bonsai production.
- Propagate different species of plant that have the potential to be used as Bonsai.
- Select different plants and determine the style of bonsai each plant lends itself to.
- Make a list of the most commonly grown varieties of plants you consider as being used for bonsai today.
- Visit a bonsai house, bonsai farm, bonsai nursery or other facility where bonsai are available for viewing and classify the style of different bonsai plants.
- Evaluate, prune, wire, shape and pot different plants as bonsai
- Obtain soil from two different types of soils; test the soils for drainage, and name the soils.
- Obtain (or make up) a potting mix which you consider appropriate for growing bonsai in.
- Conduct tests to name the potting mix you have obtained. Test the drainage of the potting mix.
- Visit a nursery or garden growing bonsai plants to assess the plants for pests, diseases and environmental anomalies.
- Design a miniature garden pot incorporating a bonsai plant
- Using your knowledge of landscaping principles, decide on the best outdoor locations three different bonsai, and the optimum indoor locations for short term display. Take photographs or sketch the locations in which you would place the bonsai. Submit these photographs with your assignment.
- Obtain plants of different varieties and using what you have learned in the course, turn your chosen plants into bonsai and either photograph or draw what you have created; then report on this work.
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Exam Required?||No - Course is for self improvement|
|Study Support||You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.|
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