| ||A highly developed horticultural art form first originated in China thousands of years ago. |
Japan, in about the 12th century, adopted the art form among the elite class.
Shown at the left is a Ficus microcarpa. This Bonsai has small
shiny dark green leaves and the bark has a beautiful stripe. This little tree
years old and 10 to 12 inches high.
|Bonsai history is as interesting as the bonsai art is. Read some history and
|The Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia) pictured at the left is 6 to 8 inches
high and 3 years of age. The Chinese Elm does best in semi-shade. It has
developed nice twigs and has very small leaves.|
Although the original Chinese form of Bonsai created gnarled trunks reminiscent
of fire breathing dragons the Japanese form creates more in the Eastern
philosphy of the harmony of man, soul and nature.
Cultural and Horticultural Art Open To The World
|In the mid 1800's, after a couple of hundred years of global isolation, Japan
reopened to the rest of the world. Travelers discovered the fascinating art
and spread the knowledge of the attractive little trees to the rest of
the world. It is a valuable addition to any decor.|
Dwarf Jade (Portulacaria Afra) shown at the left is slow growing. It is 6
to 8 inches tall and 2 years of age.
Bring Luck With Lucky Bamboo, Give Luck to a Friend.
|A gift of good fortune, in the form of living Bamboo, was the custom in
Oriental culture. You may pass good fortune on to your friends by breaking a
stem from your living Bamboo and rooting it in water and replanting it to give
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