Bonsai

Bonsai plant in pot - © Bureaux/GAP Photos

Bonsai plant in pot – © Bureaux/GAP Photos

In the city setting, keeping a bonsai is an opportunity to observe your own natural biotope – an urban forest at home.

Bonsai plant in pot - © Bureaux/GAP Photos

Bonsai plant in pot – © Bureaux/GAP Photos

At its most basic definition, bonsai is the Japanese practice of growing and shaping living, small-scale trees in shallow containers. But with a history that spans over 1000 years and an intriguing plant lore that tells of monks and emperors, samurais and shoguns, artists and scholars, the passion that bonsai evokes in its more dedicated followers is said to inspire an almost spiritual devotion – far deeper than simply tending to a plant in a pot.

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