Bal­ti­more bon­sai

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - Pho­tos and text by Ken­neth K. Lam

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.

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