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Late Spring Workshop on Deciduous

This workshop will run in October if there is sufficient interest. Please indicate your interest by adding your email address above. You will then be of the first to be notified should it run.


Late spring, once new growth has had some time to harden off, with the leaves acting as solar panels at 100% efficiency, trees are now loaded with energy.

This is the best time of the year to do any major cutting back as this will give rise to plentiful back budding. It also also the most reliable time to do air and ground layering on trees which need to be shortened, their nebari made over or as a portion of a tree has potential to become a bonsai on its own.

If your tree is strong enough its a good time to defoliate and with the leaves out of the way you can clearly see the structure in order to wire and style the tree.

Lastly if you missed the opportunity to do a thread graft at the beginning of the season that's ok. It is now a good time to do approach grafting, which just so happens to be my graft of choice for deciduous trees. Mastering this technique, in my opinion, will enable you to take your deciduous trees to a whole new level of refinement.

Course Outline

Participants will be guided on the following:

  1. layer a tree; both air layering and ground layering.
  2. cut back with the aim of back budding.
  3. the types of defoliation, how to do it and why.
  4. wiring and styling of deciduous species.
  5. approach grafting technique.

Who should do the course

This is a course which is ideal for all skill levels. As this is a small group workshop, limited to 8 participants Terry Erasmus will be able to assist you at a level you are comfortable with and you will also be able to learn from fellow delegates who are also receiving instruction.

    What is included

    You will be provided with a covered space in which to work.

    Morning tea and coffee included for all delegates. Please bring your own lunch and any additional refreshments you might like.

    Please bring the following or order it prior to the workshop and it will be available to you upon arrival:

    Recommended tools

    During this workshop there are many techniques which you may wish to practice. If you are uncertain of which tools you will need then please contact me.

      What you need to bring

      • Notepad and writing implements.
      • Please bring your own tools or order them at least 24hrs prior to the event and I will bring them to you. At least one deciduous tree to work on or you {might} purchase on the day.


      Stone Lantern Bonsai. 32 Owl Street, Joostenberg Vlakte, Kraaifontein, Cape Town, 7550. Google Map. Contact: 083 375 0446 or visit their website.


      Subject to sufficient interest. Leave your email address in the form above and you will be notified.


      • The workshop is limited to 8 people.
      • Your space in this workshop is guaranteed only upon receipt of full payment on a first come first served basis.
      • Should you need to cancel please inform me in writing a minimum of 72hrs (3 days) prior to the workshop and you will be refunded in full. If you fail to do so and are unable to prove an emergency, you will forfeit 100% of your fees.
      • Should there be insufficient interest I reserve the right to cancel the workshop, in which case you will be refunded 100% of your fee.