Originally, the term Bonsai simply meant ‘a plant grown in a container’. Today, Bonsai means ‘miniaturized plant, shrub, or tree in a planter’. This miniaturization process is achieved by planting in a smaller than normal container and by judicious pruning to make the plant resemble its larger counterpart in nature. The art of Bonsai was developed long ago in the Far East where it was considered an expression of the harmony between heaven and earth, man and nature. The care and attention required to maintain a Bonsai was believed to enhance inner tranquility and composure. This philosophy has not changed. Contemplating the beauty of a contemporary Bonsai in the midst of hectic lifestyles forces the viewer to slow down and feel refreshed.