I was recently gifted a bonsai. Later, after meeting Travis who owns the California Bonsai Studio (https://www.californiabonsai.com), I learned that my bonsai is a maple.
Most of us have owned a bonsai. Some of us have pulled off to the side of the road to buy a bonsai from a bonsai pimp operating out of a van….a lot like buying a TV from the Gap. Needless to say, all of the bonsai’s I’ve had never made it. I usually placed it in a niche that I felt needed sprucing up. I never thought about what the Bonsai wants and needs.
This time I contacted Travis at his bonsai studio. Besides learning that Bonsai and Banzai are not the same, I learned how to take care of my bonsai…..not to mention a deeper appreciation for it.
Travis is remarkably interesting. I like to think of him as the James Dean of bonsaing. As Brian aptly writes in our video, he’s an Artist.