Bonsai is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese words which literally translated means “planted in a container.” It involves combining horticultural and artistic techniques to create a miniaturized natural scene in the form of a living tree.
A skilled bonsai enthusiast can turn a common nursery shrub into a beginning bonsai tree in about an hour but spend decades to train it into a prized specimen.
The Baltimore Bonsai Club, founded in 1972, provides education, workshops and activities for participants to develop their skills and visions in the art of bonsai.
George Wrede of Churchville in Harford County turns a juniper into the beginning of a bonsai tree in about an hour during a monthly meeting of the Baltimore Bonsai Club.
Morell, left, an original member of the Baltimore Bonsai Club, talks with Jim Sullivan about a Scots pine that Sullivan has been training as a bonsai plant for 45 years.