Japanese landscape artist have always strived to mimic an ideal landscape in a miniature form. For those of us who we don’t have a garden to tend to the natural art of Bonsai brings us closer to nature.
Bonsai trees are, unlike popular belief, not genetically altered dwarved trees which you will be able to find in most garden centers. They are, in fact, trees whose growth is constrained by extensive prunning and wiring.
The art originated in China, where it was known as penjing, and was practiced by Buddhist monks to exercise effort and devotion. It became popular in Japan after Japanese Buddhist students in China brought some trees back to their homeland in the 6th century. Over time bonsai were encorporated in the setting of many other art forms such as Noh theatre and wallscrolls. Over time aesthetics changed and the creativity of growers developed into new techniques and style of trees. Tow of the most popular styles today are the upright position and the downward cascade, which resembles a tree leaning towards one side down a cliff.
You always have to keep in mind that a bonsai is a living plant and although it may seem easy to grow a bonsai, there are many ways you can in fact harm your tree. There are many associations throughout the world with bonsai growers who would gladly share their enthusiasm which you to create your own ideal landscape in a tray.