A bonsai of Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) said to be 53 years old was among the many bonsais from Hyderabad that attracted visitors at Alva’s Krushi Siri which was part of Alva’s Nudisiri in Moodbidri last week.
P.V. Govind Raj, a creative bonsai artist from Hyderabad, who exhibited the bonsais, said that Baobab tree is native to the African continent.
Pearl City has a tree which is said to be 600 years old, he said.
Among the other oldest bonsais on display was a 43-year-old Ficus hispida of 1974 and a 31-year-old Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) of 1986.
Mr. Raj, an arts graduate, who has passion for bonsai cultivation, said that one need not be a botanist to take up bonsai cultivation. It was enough if one had some knowledge of plants and general gardening.
“But one need to have a mind of an artist if one wants to excel as a professional,” he added.
Stating that there is good market for bonsais, he said that farmers and others interested in gardening could take it up as a profession.
Mr. Raj said that he has been maintaining a bonsai garden at Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashram on an one-acre land in Mysuru since about a decade.