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Welcome
TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BONSAI


The definition of the term "Bonsai" is a plant, usually a tree or shrub, that is grown in a container and made to look like a mature tree through the use of various training techniques. The plant usually does not exceed 1 meter in height. The art of Bonsai as we know it, traces back almost 2000 yrs. The word bonsai is made up of 2 Japanese characters or word phrases, "bon" & "sai", " Bon" is the pot , tray or container, the "sai" is the tree or potted planting. The word Bonsai equally applies to indoor and outdoor plants. The original word Bonsai comes from the Chinese word "P'en Tsai" it sounds similar to bonsai and has nearly the same meaning. It couldn't be further from the true spirit of bonsai if we restrict our interpretation in this way. It is indeed a tree in a pot, but a tree that has been subjected to a number of horticultural and aesthetic disciplines, through which visual harmony and botanical well being is achieved. The essence of classical Bonsai is to produce a healthy miniature representation of a tree.

The ultimate challenge for the Bonsai designer is to expose the essence of the tree. The art of Bonsai is telling a story through living illusion. The artist strives to find avenues for personal expression within the confines of good horticultural practice. Bonsai is a pleasant mix of form, thought, and suggestion, in a miniature world; and like all good art, it endures. Beginners and students often share the same concern: having the ability to maintain a healthy plant. The key is in being able to control the degree of stress that a plant will take and still remain healthy. "Stress" here is not psychological stress, but referring to the horticultural practice of being able to know how much is too much, and how much is too little. This principal applies to all aspects to Bonsai culture, including air, water, soil, sun, nutrients, temperature, altitude, pruning, etc. The challenge is to have the willingness to learn, experiment and accept the results of these efforts. Another aspect central to Bonsai is time. The growth process takes time, and there are no shortcuts. A growing year is the usual yardstick by which success is measured. Caring for you Bonsai over time creates a deep sense of satisfaction. There is o replacement for time; it is always constant and moving forward. It is said that through the study of Bonsai, one will learn more than Bonsai.

Bonsai is about trees, trees grown in miniature. It is also about time and space and about life and attitudes. Historically, Bonsai was a part of the culture, an important part of family heritage. Equally, Bonsai can be simply a horticultural past time requiring no more than a measure of common garden sense, some artistic ability and plenty of patience.

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WORKSHOPS

Workshops run from 10am to 4pm and begin with a fresh coffee, tea or soft drink and an introduction , Darren will give you a small presentation on the art of Bonsai then your hands on workshop experience will begin. Whether you are a beginner, Intermediate or a fully fledged Bonsai Artist we aim to provide you with a positive and fulfilling experience that will leave you wanting more!

At the end of your workshop you will have the opportunity to photograph your tree and to discuss any concerns, worries or future plans with Darren.Tea and coffee and lunch included in the price. (Evening meal by arrangement only)

Please note: All workshops are subject to availability and may be seasonal - for example, repotting workshops can only be undertaken at the correct time of year.


Recent Additions
A small selection of ready-to-go bonsai products


BBD8070 4 Litres BBD8070 6 Litres BBD8070 12 Litres BBD8070 24 Litres BBD8070 30 Litres BBD8070 50 Litres BBD8070

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BBD8070 2 Litres BBD8070 2 Litres 

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BBD4054 Japanese Maple Forest 

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BBD4028 Japanese Maple Forest 

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BBD4152 Pistachio

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BBD4110 Pistachio

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BBD4009 Privet Raw Material

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BBD4007 Privet Raw Material

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BBD4003 Privet Raw Material

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