Arts & Crafts : Exploring Bonsai & Suiseki: Artful Trees Large and Small
Exploring Bonsai & Suiseki: Artful Trees Large and Small
By Chris Dunmire
When you think of "bonsai trees" you just might envision a sage Japanese master (like Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid) carefully cultivating and pruning tiny tree branches and transforming a shrubby plant into a small potted work of art. The attention and care given to these small growing wonders is reportedly both therapeutic, meditative, and creative! Imagine "Bonsai Therapy" as a new form of of Art Therapy!
Bonsai plants or trees are commonly sold in decorative potted containers and kept small on purpose, but that doesn't keep some bonsai enthusiasts from maintaining these growing works of art naturally outdoors, where they are not miniature anymore! The picture of the outdoor bonsai tree above was taken at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.
What is it about these small potted trees (or large luminescent bloomers), with foliage dwarfed by special methods of culture and trimming, that keeps plant lovers and miniature hobbyists in awe? (Desktop bonsai kits make popular 'executive' gifts!) Is it their beauty? Delicateness? Their likeness to freshly-groomed poodles? Or is it all of these things plus experiencing the personal process of growth and care cultivated into them?
Begin your exploration into the fascinating world of bonsai and suiseki trees, plants, and shrubs through these recommended Websources featuring a wealth of information on the history, growing processes, care, materials, books, and other "plant" information, technical and otherwise that will make taking care of your first bonsai tree, well... tree-mendous!
How-to Bonsai & Suiseki Websources
Bonsai at Wikipedia
Bonsai Information by Craig Coussins
Bonsai on the Web
Penjing: The Art of Chinese Landscape Bonsai