IBA Hosts Todd Schlafer’s Workshop April 1 and 2, 2017

On April 1, 2017, members of the Iowa Bonsai Association and, by gracious invitation, members of the Eastern Iowa Bonsai Association, had the privilege of working with Bonsai artist, Todd Schlafer, at the Magruder’s home.  Todd is a student of Ryan Neil’s and is from Denver, Colorado.  He collects very fine conifers from the Colorado Rockies.  IBA members had the privilege of working with Todd the previous year and came to the workshop ready to continue exciting work they began at that time.  Todd opened the workshop by telling participants that the IBA had been instrumental in his decision to make bonsai his fulltime profession.


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Workshop Featuring Gary Wood-2014

On a Saturday afternoon 8-9-14, just before the Bonsai show at the Iowa State Fair, Gary Wood from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, held a workshop for members of the Iowa Bonsai Association. Gary an engaging bonsai teacher and artist, who among other projects through out the US is currently working with the trees from the bonsai collection at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

As always Master Wood, imparted a tremendous amount of information for our members through a general review of the qualities, characteristics, and unique needs of the trees that the participants brought in and worked on. The group worked on wiring and initial styling of their trees with Gary’s help.