Metal bonsai tree superimposed over a dark image of a real bonsai tree.

“Our brains are like bonsai trees, growing around our private versions of reality.” Author, Sloane Crosley

The primary purposes of bonsai are contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower).

By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food, for medicine or for creating landscapes. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.

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