What You'll Get
The practice of bonsai requires a steady hand, an artistic eye, and a zero-tolerance policy toward miniature children and their shabby tree houses. Master the art of Lilliputian landscaping with today's Groupon: for $32, you get an introductory bonsai class at Bonsai West in Littleton (a $65 value).
Home of one of the country's largest bonsai nurseries, Bonsai West features a sizeable selection of indoor bonsai trees, a gargantuan garden, and a staff of friendly instructors intent on spreading their specialized arboreal love. Dive into the world of tiny tree trimming with the Intro to Bonsai class, a 2.5-hour seminar that provides students with bonsai fundamentals and all necessary materials, including a tranquil bonsai specimen who won’t laugh if you hold your pruning shears backward. Under Bonsai West's expert tree tutelage, small classes of 8 to 15 students learn basic design techniques and how to care for their pint-sized plants. Bonsai beginners become proficient in applying moss, landscaping with rocks, and reassuring their diminutive flora that size doesn’t matter. Once the class concludes, newly graduated arboreal authorities get to take their bonsai trees home for further doting. Check the schedule for class dates and times.
After class, explore the serene grounds of Bonsai West, which feature a pristinely pruned garden (open April through November) that showcases some of America's oldest bonsai, including a handful of stoic seniors more than 100 years old. Like kittens, bonsai trees are best in pairs and look adorable wearing miniature sweaters, so students can also visit the bustling nursery and pick out leafy playmates (not included in this Groupon) for their class projects.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Limit 10 people per class. Cancellation policy applies. Must use in 1 visit. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.