Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bonsai 盆栽 Garden Singapore

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Continuing in the theme of nature, after the orchids, this posting is of the Bonsai garden in Singapore.

It is Suzhou style and it is claimed that it is the largest of its kind outside China.

Bonsai is a Japanese translation of an earlier Chinese word "penzai". A bon is a tray like pot and the word bonsai means "tray cultivation"

These Bonsai Gardens, are on the west side of Singapore, and are part of the Chinese Gardens.

They were opened in June 1992. They have recently been upgraded and are a beautiful, tranquil place to visit. The first photo shows the approach to the Bonsai gardens from the back.

I hope you feel some of that beauty and tranquility when you see the photos


The entrance to the garden

There are more than 2000 bonsai trees imported from
China and other parts of the world

A properly maintained bonsai
should outlive a full size tree
of the same species

The Suzhou architecture of the gardens blends
with and enhances the beauty of the trees.
Suzhou is China's "City of Gardens"

We got there early to avoid the brightness of
the midday sun and were rewarded with
a brief spell of early morning soft rays. The
pebble inlay path is special

A very old tree. The art of Bonsai is
interwoven with Zen Buddhism. Nature in
Buddhism is personified because it is given
a soul, and should therefore be respected

The traditional bonsai artists believe that the
purpose of miniature cultivation is to
promote the shrinking of human foibles such
as greed and self-centred thinking

Greed and self-centred thinking promote
the unthinking destruction of all of nature
according to the belief. With the evidence
of what is happening in our world I would
echo that belief

The branches stretch towards the sky
representing the seeking of a richer thought
process or enlightenment

This is an example of a full
cascade style where the apex of
the tree falls below the base of
the pot

Some of these trees are over 100 years old.
One of the oldest living trees is in the Tokyo
Imperial Palace collection. It is considered to
be a national treasure of Japan. The tree is
considered to be at least 500 years old

These next three photos show the beauty of
the gardens landscaped with water

If you are troubled in mind or soul this place
is a healing refuge

The sun shining through the water droplets
creates a miniature rainbow

Man, nature, elements and change are all
intertwined into this unique Zen method of
meditation and expression

Not a bonsai tree but I love banana plants

A wondefully crafted trunk. There is a bonsai
training centre here at the gardens where
you can sign up to learn the art of bonsai

A quick break for a couple of photos of a
flower. I love the texture of this delicate

Standing tall and proud. Do you know what
kind of flower it is? If you do please let me
know in a comment

The bigger picture with the pagoda of the
Chinese gardens in the background. Bonsai do
not do well in wind so the gardens are surrounded
by a white wall to protect them

Is it autumn in this pot?

Daniela, who loves Japanese Ikebana,
sushi and can't wait to visit Japan!

Perhaps not the prettiest part of the gardens
but I had to capture the reflection

What a long neck you have!

The pagoda

Thanks for coming. I hope you
feel tranquil and nurtured by
the soul of nature

See you in a couple of weeks?


Joanna said...

Amazing. I love the Japanese gardens; the careful array addresses my sense of order. It's so hard to relax in disorder. I have similar feeling while walking through French style gardens; Japanese though have this wonderful sense of naturalness.

Don't understand me wrongly the wild jungle full of abundance and succulent pageantry is exciting and energising, but these gardens offer retreat and quietness which is so hard to find in London.

ladyscribbles said...

Hi Alan!

The white flower with the papery texture is a 'Kashmira' flower and is native to the Malay peninsula. It's of the same botanical family as ginger and bananas.

I was pregnant with a half-Indian child in Singapore 7 years ago - and, like you, really loved this flower. When she was born, I called my daughter (you've guessed it!) 'Kashmira'. :)

Alan said...

Hi Ladyscribbles

Thank you so much for giving me the name of the flower. Kashmira, a very beautiful name and no wonder you chose it for your daughter.