'bone-sigh') is defined as the craft of growing dwarfed,
ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small, shallow pots. During a
recent visit to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in
Pittsburgh, Pa, we captured photos of their magnificent bonsai
While Ficus appeared to be the most widely used plant
for bonsai, there were many other varieties of plants in the bonsai
display, such as Buddleja, Podocarpus, Rhododendron, and Schefflera.
plants are kept 'dwarfed' by regular pruning of the roots and branches,
while trying to create the look of a mature tree out in nature. They are
usually grown in shallow clay pots that are unique in their own right.