Bonsai Garden

    The Bosai garden is a renovation of the nursery garden carried out in 2005. It is located in the northeast area of Guyi Garden. The main plant in this area is bamboo, together with plum trees, orchids, and chrysanthemum. These four plants are traditional counterparts in Chinese gardening. Tree stool bonsai, rock landscapes, and water bonsai pavilions, etc. form a miniature garden within the garden.
    If you have seen Chinese ancient brush paintings, you may see similarities between the bonsai landscapes and the painting works. It is the trend in the art of bonsai that practitioners try to mimic the artistic conception of those ancient paintings using the visual language and grammar of bonsai.
    In the bonsai garden, there is a Flower Goddess Temple, which is a new structure based on the blueprints in a book published in 1806 called the “Map of Nanxiang Town”.  In 1789, the owner of the garden was broke. The community collected donations, bought the garden, and made this residential garden to a public garden annexed to the Town God Temple. In the subsequent decades, the main buildings, temples, restaurants and tea houses were established in this extended garden, including this Flower Goddess Temple. There are twelve flowers which have been selected by ancient literati: prune, orchids, tea, plum, apricot, chrysanthemum, narcissus, peony, Crassulaargentea, lotus, osmanthus, and hibiscus. Please take a look of the paintings on the wall, these twelve paintings are pictures of those twelve flower gods or goddesses.