Our most recent article, as published in the Mt. Democrat newspaper:
By Joye Gephardt
UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County
The art of bonsai, pronounced “bone-sigh,” meaning “tree in container,” goes back over 1,700 years to the Chin Dynasty in China (A.D. 265 – 420) when the term “pen-tsai” was first used. It refers to potted landscapes using trees. In the T’ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), the art spread to Japan. The Japanese turned the word “pen-tsai” into “bonsai,” which is the term now known all over the world for this art form. Seeing them, the viewer is presented with nature in miniature - a very old tree, majestic in its upright stance, another tree wild and twisted by harsh weather conditions, or maybe one growing right out of a rock.
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