Woman Creates Award-Winning Bonsai Paradise With Mini Mangoes, Chikoos And More
OWhile large metropolises are full of concrete structures, a few motivated citizens are peppering them with lush green accents.
One such green warrior is bonsai artist Veena Nanda from Bengaluru, who has been designing homes and open spaces with green landscapes of small trees and fruit plants for over two decades now. She is a professional landscape artist who runs Sunshine’s Garden Boutique.
Veena’s roots are found in childhood memories of gardens and open spaces. His grandfather managed a coffee plantation himself, while his mother was an avid gardener. “I have always had a passion for gardening. Luckily, I found a way in the art of bonsai making,” she says. The best India.
The manufacture of bonsai is a technique that finds its origin in China, where the concept of trees planted in trays was first introduced. This was advanced by the Japanese via the development of more complex techniques as well as widespread practice. Bonsai trees are created by stunting the growth of ordinary trees and plants by pruning and pruning.
Although the aesthetics of such developments are very attractive, the mini-landscapes thus created also constitute green carpets that can be made within the space constraints of urban environments.
As Veena says, “They use less water, less space, and look great.”
Veena was introduced to the world of these mini-factories around 25 years ago, when she moved to the crowded streets of Mumbai after getting married. “Jyoti and Nikunj Parekh, the best Indian bonsai trees, lived in my neighborhood. Naturally, I decided to make the most of it,” she says.
She took her first courses in the art – a basic bonsai course as well as an advanced duo course. Later, she moved to Bengaluru and pursued her passion from there.
Her desire to work with plants soon paid off. From 1999, she participated in the Lalbagh Bonsai competition for five consecutive years and won each time. “After that, I stopped participating and decided to do bigger things with art.” She even gained pan-Indian recognition by appearing on various news channels and shows for her work in landscaping, Feng Shui and garden accessories.
“I also teach bonsai making classes,” says Veena. His passion for working with greenery has extended to landscaping services, landscaping, gazebos and more.
Along with this, she follows several workshops and courses to spread the art and has taught more than 500 people.
Having started with just three bonsai trees after leaving Mumbai, Nanda has built 1,000 over time. She reveals from experience: “All kinds of fruit trees work very well to create bonsai. I have worked with a variety of fruits including mango, chikoo and guava. She has created a variety of bonsai trees over the years and currently specializes in landscapes created on hard surfaces such as rock and driftwood.
Commenting on how she has seen the reception of bonsai art evolve, she says: “A major problem I faced back then – and still encounter sometimes – was superstition. Many believe that bonsai trees bring bad luck due to the presence of stunted trees. But if that were the case, Japan would be on the street! Even here, more and more people are learning this skill every day.
The landscaper says the ratio of men to women in gardening is also equalizing. “In the beginning, 80% of my students were women. But today, I have a significant number of men in my workshops because people are opening up to gardening as a hobby for everyone.
Bonsai planting is a skill that takes patience and practice. But Veena thinks it’s a small investment for a great technique and advises everyone to try it at least once.