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Our most recent article, as published in the Mt. Democrat newspaper:  

 

1st place by J. Mario Rendina, El Dorado County Fair
1st place by J. Mario Rendina, El Dorado County Fair
The Art of Bonsai
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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