5 amazing bonsai trees to give a zen garden feel!

Zen gardens and bonsai are always a big favourite. Bonsai trees, in particular, have the ability to bring one into a zen-like state with just a gaze. As Mr. Miyagi knows, they go great in any zen garden, as they bring a peaceful vibe into the surrounding landscape.  Cultivation of bonsai trees is a long…

Here’s how you can take your first ‘forest bath’!

Practicing mindfulness techniques in a natural environment can be made easy using simple and easy methods. Simply listening, taking the time to really examine a tree and get to know it and creating artistic patterns using natural materials can be simple and easy for anyone and everyone to do. This is all part of the…

Exploring the emerging Plumeria trend in Japan

Some of you may have seen my recent trip around Japan for 3 weeks, where I indulged in and learnt so many new plants. One must-see on my visit list was the Insta-famous @plumeriaclub, an account I’d been following for many months. Owner Shirakawa-san had initially piqued by interest with his BLUE Plumeria (Frangipani) So,…

Speaking the language of plants: a visit to Yamaguchi-san

Never one to be put off by a potential problem, I quickly agreed a visit to Yamaguchi-san’s plant nursery in the hills of Mizunami, despite me only knowing 10 Japanese words and Yamaguchi none! I am forever indebted to Shigeto Tsukie for helping to fill my spare (horticultural) time in Japan this week. His kindness…