The traditional Japanese bonsai cultivation process is alive and well in Tucson, where an entire network of people who love the miniature trees is spreading the word.
David Wells, founder of the Tucson Bonsai Society, says classes that the society offers attract young and old. Wells says membership in the society is nearing the 100 mark.
Cultivating bonsai trees of all species takes time and careful attention, but it is something anyone can learn, Wells says. He says there are a few things people should know before they get involved.
"All the plants grow outside," he says. "They’re not house plants. You can bring them in for a day or two, put them on your coffee table. But basically they need to grow outdoors.”
He says he and his wife were originally attracted to bonsai cultivation by "the prospect of having an entire forest on our table top."