A local greenhouse teaches the ancient art of bonsai
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Working with bonsai trees is an ancient art form. The goal is to create tiny container-grown trees that resemble their much larger counterparts in the wild.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced world, the Flower Market is a great place to take a deep breath and enjoy the natural world. It is full of beautiful things, from koi fish to all kinds of plants and flowers.
Melissa Renaud is one of the new owners of the Marché aux Fleurs.
“It’s a beautiful place and working with the plants is beautiful work,” said Renaud. “I like.”
She and two of her friends bought it earlier this year. One of the biggest parts of this business has always been small bonsai trees.
“How many do you have? A lot, and more and more are growing every day.
And you don’t have to admire them. If you want to learn how to work with trees, there are classes here for all ages and skill levels. “We have a lot of introductory lessons indoors, we have introductory lessons outdoors. You can learn where you can plant your own forest, we have pine and juniper courses, our expert teaches many which are really informative.
Ghazi Zouaoui is an expert whose love of trees began when he received one as a gift.
“It’s an art form to shape your tree, choose your container, present your tree, prune it and wire it,” Zouaoui said.
Zouaoui says working with trees is transformative.
“It’s therapeutic, you can come home after working all day and tinker with your trees and it calms you down, it’s a connection to nature,” Zauaoui said.
And speaking of nature, Renaud says that many small trees live outside.
“Outdoor trees, unless they are being treated, stay outdoors all year round. We provide them with coverage and protection during the winter months,” said Renaud.
There are all shapes of sizes and a wide range of prices in indoor and outdoor varieties. Zouaoui says many of the trees are hundreds of years old.
“The most beautiful sought-after trees with character are very old, they can be 200, 300 or 500 years old. But you can also have beautiful trees that look old but are actually only a few years old,” Zouaoui said.
He adds that caring for them often involves generations.
“Families can bond around trees, go to shows together, take care of their trees together. When you are too old to work on your trees, you can pass it on to your children.
Ghazi says the work being done right now will be appreciated long after you leave this land, trees often outlive their caregivers.
“It’s a bit humiliating because working on a tree like this and if it’s well cared for will outlive me. I will be gone one day and this tree will be there long after.
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