Welcome to www.bonsaimuseum.org
Bonsaimuseum.org is a virtual bonsai museum created with the objective to provide a platform for people who share the love for bonsai plants. Here you can find an extensive variety of different bonsai plants, learn about the art form and lots of other information.
Bonsai plants are a unique part of Asian culture and tradition. It’s a love child of art and horticulture. It’s a widely admired but rarely understood plant species. Hence, we hope to create more awareness about this artistic plant and help people understand its different forms.
The term ‘bonsai’ simply means a plant in a tray. Some researchers point out the mention of bonsai trees in historical records dating back to Chinese dynasties 2000 years ago.
The Japanese were the first to bring the art of cultivating bonsai trees into the light. They took the art form seriously and created breathtaking structures that inspired the world to pay attention to this work of art.
Japanese bonsai trees are different from their Chinese counterparts. While the Japanese style their bonsai in the form of a tightly pruned tree, the Chinese allow a free and independent form. Bonsai can be broadly classified into two main types – formal and informal.
- Formal style has a broad trunk at the base, and they taper towards the top to give you a conical shape of a tree.
- Informal style is an opposite of the formal version. It has a wide top and a comparatively narrow bottom part.
Bonsai trees are evergreen hence they don’t shed leaves in winter or autumn. They make wonderful show pieces at home. In the western countries, they are used as decorative indoor plants.
At Bonsai Museum, we hope to create a reliable source of information regarding Bonsai trees, their origin, significance, different variations, benefits, and uses.