Courses and workshops

All courses and workshops are held at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

 Bonsai course for beginners on October 28 and 29, 2019

This theoretical course, offered in English,  will cover bonsai fundamentals which include a portion on traditional Japanese design and a portion on the horticultural aspects in our climate. On completion of this course, participants will have the essential knowledge required to begin to develop bonsai for our climate zone.  Lecture notes will be provided.  Cost of this course is set at $20 per person for OBS members and $35 for non-members, to be paid at the start of the course.

  • Monday October 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. :  Esthetic of the Japanese approach.
  • Tuesday October 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. : Horticulture and techniques.


By email to  no later than Monday October 21, 2019

Yvon Bernier: (819) 684-0586

Open workshop(s);  Monday May 4 and May 11th 2020 from 6:30 to 9:00

Those bilingual workshops are held at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre. Members bring their own tree or trees to work on with the help of an experienced member.  Participants can get help in performing repot, wiring or styling, or simply receive advice. There is no need to register in advance to participate in those workshops and there is no cost for members.

Bonsai development workshop Tuesday May 5th 2020 from 6:30 to 9:00

During the workshop, participants will receive assistance from experienced OBS members to begin developing their own bonsai using a pre-bonsai plant. The plant material, a suitable pot, the tools and the necessary supplies will be provided. 

The cost is $80.

REGISTRATION: By email to before Monday April 13

Yvon Bernier: (819) 684-0586