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Bonsai for the Novice

Combining art and horticulture is the living and ever-changing art of Bonsai. Akin to meditation, the art of Bonsai — working in partnership with another living thing to create beauty in its most natural form — is extremely rewarding. Co-teachers TJ Seguin and David Margaretos will provide Bonsai instruction tailored for novice and new learners. The only art that requires the full interest of two living beings of different species. Good for the mind and the soul. And a lot of fun!

Topics will include an overview of classic styles, how to select a tree, cleaning your tree to find it’s potential, choosing pots and tools, how to keep your tree thriving, and much more. A little botany, a little design, and a lot of hands-on work.

You'll be provided with a juniper or spruce, a pot, necessary soil, styling wire and a pair of Bonsai shears. Together we will take your tree from its raw natural form to an eye-catching statement of aged beauty.

There is a $50 materials fee payable to TJ at the first class.

Thomas J. Seguin is a Cape-based sculptor, Bonsai enthusiast, and retired engineer. A lover of trees, nature, and art, he is thrilled to be teaching the Center's first Bonsai classes and hopes to offer many more workshops.
Questions? Contact him at

David Margaretos began his interest in bonsai in the 1980’s and has been a bonsai enthusiast for over 30 years. He has worked as an apprentice to Hitoshi Kanegae, co-founder of the New England Bonsai Nursery, and now tends to his collection of 35 trees, mostly conifers. David was also a professional photographer and has taught many photography courses from community education to the collegiate level. He retired to Cape Cod in 2016 and currently resides in Falmouth.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at