A pot may contain the whole world and a single plant can form a landscape, says Chinese bonsai artist Rui Liangyuan. He invests all of his understanding and passion for nature and the botanical world into bonsai, an art form which utilizes cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees.
After spending 42 years in landscape design with potted plants, Rui is planning to retire from the famed Lingering Garden in Suzhou City in a few months, but he promises to revisit the garden often to care for his beloved miniature trees.
The plant designer believes bonsais are poems and paintings that depict the balance of human life and nature’s way. The miniascape, he says, also reflects the profound artistic conception that Chinese culture draws on nature and surpasses nature.
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