Bonsai Gardens – Gardening in miniature

Bonsai Gardens are derived from the ancient art of Penjing…

Initially, the art of growing bonsai originated in China. The Chinese Emporers would ask their artists to re-create beautiful landscapes and scenes which they had experienced on their travels.

More latterly, the Japanese have perfected bonsai over the following centuries and refined the art into the growing of a single highly defined tree in a pot. However, the art of landscapes and scenes still prevails and is know as ‘Penjing’.

Penjing are usually miniature landscapes, displaying a combination of rocks, trees and figures and is usually considered to be more wild and natural in form. Today Penjing, depicting artistically formed trees, other plants, landscapes and figurines in miniature are commonly termed ‘Bonsai Gardens‘.

We feel bonsai gardens are beautiful & creative in their own right and often appeal to artists and children alike. They are easy to care for. Some gardens are designed with the outdoors in mind, while others are suitable for growing in the home.

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Bonsai Garden - The art of 'Penjing'

Penjing is a Chinese natural form of bonsai which incorporates landscapes and scenes which are made up for trees, rocks, ornaments, figures and rocks.

Penjing, also known as penzai, is the ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, other plants, and landscapes in miniature. They differ from bonsai in that they include other plants and ornaments to complete the landscapes. In essence; it is the re-creation of classical Chinese gardens in miniature using miniature trees and rockeries. Their artistic composition captures the spirit of nature and distinguishes them from Japanese bonsai trees.

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Penjing: The art of bonsai landscapes

Penjing is the art of small scale natural landscapes through the partnering of bonsai and ornaments to create a carefully crafted scene. These scenes are representative of the rich Chinese […]

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