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Bonsai, Nature, Culture

Bonsai, the art of expressing ideals through horticultural and aesthetic techniques to miniaturize trees, embody worldviews of nature, beauty, and our roles and responsibilities in the world.

Asian Origins

What we know as bonsai has over 2,000 years of continuous and diverse cultural development.

Growing in America

Bonsai arrived in America by 1876. Its popularity today is a story of resilience in the face of legalized racism followed by profound cultural change.

Thriving in Ann Arbor

Our bonsai collection began as a facet of the University’s engagement in international public health issues and continues in broader social engagement.