The Bonsai Boy family site defines everything you could want in Bonsai. Their product selection is the most comprehensive I have ever seen. Exploring their catalog is like strolling through an Asian garden. Each item gives peace, admiration of the art and tranquility. Each tree is a wonder that could adorn your cubicle for you and your guests to admire.
All of us are impressed with the felling of awe as we imagine ourselves in miniature, strolling through ancient Japanese gardens. Bonsai is a living art form and an addictive pastime. In many hobbies the fun is in the construction and the finished product is less compelling. Bonsai continues to give solace to the soul to all who view and admire these wonderful miniature trees and plants. Bonsai is a perfect medium for cubicle decoration. It is also a rewarding pastime.
Bonsai translated means plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings. The tray or pot is to the tree as a tasteful frame is to a work of fine art. (Note that Bonsai Boy strives to complement the tree with a harmonized tray)
A bit of history: In the years following 603 AD, Japanese students returning from visits to China and Viet-Nam brought back souvenirs of container planting. By the year 970 a work of fiction was published that sums up the philosophy behind Bonsai. Utsubo Monogatari (The Tale of the Hollow Tree), which includes this passage:
“A tree that is left growing in its natural state is a crude thing. It is only when it is kept close to human beings who fashion it with loving care that its shape and style acquire the ability to move one.”
This is a case of making true beauty from natural beauty by human hands guided by traditional skills mixed with love. A tree is a living entity and can be as one with it’s owner.
All price ranges are addressed. Bonsai Boy provides primers and tutorials to get you hooked on this peaceful and rewarding hobby. The plants, tools and Bonsai-101 are all here. All About Bonsai by Tom Regan is a great primer provided by Bonsai Boy.
The story of the Bonsai Boy and his enterprise in New York tells why he has Most Favored Merchant status with our shopping tour.
When Bonsai Boy was a young man, he developed a fascination with the living art of Bonsai. Each piece was an individual entity with its own personality. They varied in size from miniature to over six feet tall. Some made him smile, some had beauty in their grotesqueness. All were Awesome. He was hooked for life.
He took a hands-on course with a master of the ancient art and then taught the techniques to his wife and family. They became proficient and their trees showed imagination and emotion. He and his wife personally named each tree.
They joined one Bonsai club, and then another. The clubs would often have shows that were open to the public where they could expose their art and sell their creations. He learned that training his admirers and customers the Bonsai craft was almost as satisfying as training the trees to grow as living sculptures.
He now had a family business. The creative processes were rewarding for both their satisfaction and the business. The traveling to weekly Bonsai expositions every week, displaying 5,000 pounds of product, and setting up and tearing down the booth, was daunting.
In 1993, Bonsai Boy became a cyberspace pioneer. He set up a store on the Web, WorldWide! It was a perfect application for this new medium and the family business thrived. The enterprise is a whopping success and what I consider “magic.”
Not necessarily a mission statement, but a direct quote from the Bonsai Boy of New York:
” “Our internet business has grown to the point where our cyber customers are our primary focus and we no longer do shows.”
“We keep our prices low by hiring no outside help. As a highly successful family operated business, we take great pride in providing special attention to each and every order. Our customers appreciate the care and effort that we put into selecting and shipping their trees. By utilizing the latest packaging and shipping techniques, we also add to the impressiveness of each gift.”
“Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed”
The story of the Bonsai Boy family and their enterprise in New York tells why he has Most Favored Merchant status with our shopping tour.