Zen and the art of bonsai

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Paul Homan, with a maple, says growing bonsai helps to ‘slow the world down’ Picture: Maura Hickey

The Japanese practice of cultivating bonsai combines artistry with good old-fashioned gardening. Its slow nature requires growers like Paul Homan to tune into nature so it’s a great way to de-stress, he says

Some may see bonsai as a time-consuming, tricky process only suited to those with the patience of saints. But, in today’s world of instant gratification, Paul Homan sees this as a good thing. “It helps slow the world down. You have to stop, you have to think, you have to work on it and wait for a result.” He also says it’s not really that tricky, you just have to have half an idea of what you’re doing and somebody to start you off.

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