-noun,plural-sai. 1. a tree or shrub that has been dwarfed, as by pruning the roots and pinching,and is grown in a pot or other container and trained to produce a desired shape or effect. 2.The art or hobby of developing and growing such a plant or plants

Many of the plants we grow here at the nursery are naturally slow growing, making them great candidates for bonsai. Another way to enjoy the same effect of bonsai on a larger scale by planting a plant in the ground is called Niwaki, which is often described as 'Big Bonsai'. The difference being that Niwaki are grown in the ground, and Bonsai are grown in pots. Both are trimmed and trained in the same manner.

If you have the space and want create an oriental garden, choosing larger plants and training them is a wonderful way to acheive the same effect as bonsai. We have semi-mature plants in our fields that have been trained for several years, we also have plants that are untouched and essentially a blank canvas for someone aiming to create their own art form. If you're interested in Bonsai, we have many cultivars that work very well in containers and can ship them directly to you. Plants such as Juniperus Chinensis 'Shimpaku' and Juniperus Procumbens 'Nana' are great plants for the beginner bonsai artist, as they grow naturally into desired shapes, and respond well to pruning and training. We have been providing conifers to many collectors in our area for 30 years, so our plants can be found all over the Eastern United States. Our plants have found homes in such locations as: The Bonsai Exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum of Asheville, Warren Wilson College, Eastern Tennessee University, Bartlett Arboretum, The WNC Agriculture Center, The Bolington Center, & Martha Stewarts Collection.

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