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The Art of Bonsai
Japanese Pine bonsai tree - A prominent bonsai species in the art of bonsai tree growing

Bonsai Background

The art of growing miniature trees in ornamental pots has been practised for centuries. In summary, our bonsai background originated first in China, then Japan and gradually all over the world. Chinese Emperors would wish their artists to re-create beautiful landscapes, in miniature, that they had experienced during their travels. We still use the same traditional techniques to grow bonsai.

Bonsai, the captivating art of growing miniature trees, has a rich and ancient history that traces back to ancient China over a thousand years ago. Initially called “penzai” in China, it involved cultivating small trees in pots, emphasising the harmony between nature and human creativity.

As the practice evolved, it found its way to Japan, where the term “bonsai” emerged, meaning “tree planted in a pot.” The Japanese took bonsai to new heights. Transforming it into a refined art form characterised by meticulous pruning, shaping, and styling. Bonsai became a symbol of balance, beauty, and the profound connection between humanity and the natural world.

We can split the Japanese word ‘bonsai’ into ‘bon’ meaning tray or pot and ‘sai’ meaning tree or plant. Thus, you cannot have a bonsai without both a tree and a pot.

Throughout the centuries, bonsai has reflected cultural influences and artistic expressions. It embodies patience and a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature. Bonsai trees, carefully nurtured and shaped, are often meant to resemble ancient, weathered trees found in the wild, Thereby, creating a sense of harmony and tranquility.

When growing bonsai we take our inspiration from the natural beauty surrounding us. We study the shapes and characteristics of full grown trees and display these features in the artistic form of bonsai.

Today, bonsai has become a global hobby and art form, with enthusiasts worldwide cultivating these miniature trees. The history of bonsai is a testament to the enduring allure of nature’s beauty, carefully curated in small, captivating living sculptures.

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We regret that we are unable to refund or exchange any bonsai after 7 days of delivery. This is because they are live plants and we find that after this time they have been out of our care for too long. However, we are always here to help, so contact us and send a photo using the button below. Thank you for your understanding.

Office Hours:
9:00 – 16:00, Mon – Fri

Please Note: We do not work weekends or bank holidays
01363 877752 (Sales Only)

We regret we are unable to answer specific bonsai care and health questions over the phone, so kindly email a photo using the button above.
Bonsai Direct (Office Only)
Upcott Barns,
Morchard Bishop
EX17 6NG

Please note, if you have requested Monday delivery DPD may try to deliver over the weekend. This is to help prevent them falling behind, you can control this once you have received your 1-hour time slot.