The magic of bonsai at Bonsai Northwest – slide show

Bonsai Northwest was begun 30 years ago as a small venue for sales of pots to local bonsai enthusiasts. The Tukwila-based business has since grown a national and international following, offering finished bonsai trees and plants, as well as the tools, pots, plants and embellishments for those wanting to grow their own bonsai trees.

Two miniature Chinese sages

Bonsai Northwest was begun 30 years ago as a small venue for sales of pots to local bonsai enthusiasts. The Tukwila-based business has since grown a national and international following, offering finished bonsai trees and plants, as well as the tools, pots, plants and embellishments for those wanting to grow their own bonsai trees. Its owners make frequent trips to Asia for authentic plants and supplies. You can find conifers and deciduous young trees, including 35 different varieties of Japanese maples and a wide selection of azaleas, as well as plants for accent and saikei.

Bonsai Northwest is located at 5021 S. 144th Street, Tukwila WA, 98168. Call them at 206-242-8244

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and closed Monday and Tuesday

Learn more on their Web site at www.bonsainw.com

Bonsai Northwest also offers introductory classes into the ancient art of growing miniature trees.

Sept. 11: Raft Planting – In this class the tree is laid on its side, the branches on the upward side are wired and become a forest, while those on the downward side are cut off. The planting is placed in a shallow container. Eventually the root ball is removed and a forest is created. All materials are included. Cost: $85. Limited to 10 students.

Oct. 2: Learn the basics of bonsai. This workshop will teach you the informal upright style of shaping as well as wiring, re-potting, proper pot placement, use of proper tools, winter care and pest prevention techniques. This workshop costs $85.00 and includes all items needed to create your own first bonsai. Cost: $85

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