Our story

Welcome to our "Our Story" page, where we invite you to join us on a special journey that celebrates the art and beauty of outdoor bonsai. It's a story filled with passion, craftsmanship, and the breathtaking beauty of nature. You haven't simply stumbled upon an ordinary outdoor bonsai nursery and webshop. No, we are a unique sanctuary born out of a deep appreciation for the art and tradition of Japanese bonsai.

Our story began in the '90s when our founder Maarten encountered the enchanting world of bonsai during lessons with the expert Ernst Mollet. What seemed like a chance encounter ignited a lifelong passion in him. What started as a hobby quickly grew into an insatiable love for bonsai. Maarten had the opportunity to spend a year in Japan, where he had the extraordinary privilege of studying under renowned Japanese bonsai master Nobuichi Urushibata and other esteemed mentors. Their wisdom and guidance revealed the secrets of bonsai to him and nourished his understanding of its true essence.

The real turning point came when Maarten returned from Japan, infused with the rich Japanese culture and a burning passion for high-quality Japanese bonsai. He realized that there must be many European bonsai enthusiasts who shared his enthusiasm and appreciation for these remarkable living artworks. With this vision in mind, he embarked on a mission to bring the beauty of exquisite Japanese outdoor bonsai to Europe. And so, in 1997, filled with excitement, Bonsai Plaza was born—a place where the magic of bonsai could flourish and be shared with others.

At Bonsai Plaza, the belief at the core is that bonsai is an art form to be cherished and celebrated. What truly sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to adopt a unique personal approach. We believe that every bonsai tells a story, and we select and curate each tree with great attention to detail. Every tree in our nursery is personally chosen by Maarten, ensuring that each specimen exudes the essence of craftsmanship, character, elegance, and artistic potential. We take pride in offering a unique, carefully curated selection of high-quality Japanese and Korean bonsai trees and exquisite bonsai pots. With this, we cater to both private bonsai enthusiasts and professionals worldwide.

From the very beginning, our mission has been to honor the true values of bonsai and create an environment where both beginners and experienced enthusiasts feel welcome, supported, and inspired. We understand that bonsai is not just about buying a tree; it's a continuous relationship that requires guidance and support. Our team takes pride in providing personal assistance, whether you are a seasoned bonsai lover or just embarking on your journey. We are ready to answer your questions, provide advice, and ensure that you have the best possible experience with us. We value the unique bond we have with each customer and take the time to understand their desires and aspirations.

Today, Bonsai Plaza is one of the largest suppliers of hand-selected Japanese and Korean bonsai, along with a stunning selection of bonsai pots, in Europe. Our journey continues, fueled by deep respect for bonsai, a profound appreciation for craftsmanship, and an unwavering commitment to quality and excellence in bonsai.

We warmly invite you to embark on this extraordinary journey with us. Visit our nursery, explore our webshop, and let the enchanting world of bonsai capture your heart. Join our community of bonsai enthusiasts, and together, let's celebrate the true beauty and timeless elegance of this ancient art form.

Welcome to Bonsai Plaza, where dreams take root, and the beauty of nature flourishes.

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