About Us

Welcome to Bonsai.ie. Bonsai.ie is a journal web site on Bonsai, Japanese living and health.  Our aim is to bring you interesting articles on how to look after your trees, live positively with a Japanese lifestyle and inspire you to get more from your Japanese style garden.

Who we are?

Bonsai is located in the ‘Garden of Ireland‘ also known as County Wicklow, Ireland. The site is owned by myself Paul Masterson and Lynda Sheane. We are both avid collectors of Bonsai, Tropical plants, Orchids and have a strong understanding of the benefits and meditative qualities of Japanese Gardening.

We are located in a very picturesque part of Wicklow, with Brittas Bay behind us and the Wicklow hills in front of us. Our Swedish style eco-house is aptly named ‘Windy Acre’, not after me but the strong breezes either from the sea or north-west.

Our Writers

We source writers from around the world and greatly appreciate their input. We also welcome any submissions from any writer who would like to contribute.

Over time this site will grow and expand with new articles of interest. If you would like to join us on Facebook you can find us under ‘Bonsai Ireland


Content in some case would not be possible without book publishers.

From Craig Coussins we would like to thank Silverdale Books, D&S Books, Craig Coussins for express permission to republish his content and associated photographers. Any images that are published we cite the photographers.

9 comments » Write a comment

  1. Hello,
    Before I buy ; Where can I call to see a Bonsai in the greater Dublin area ?
    Richard Burke

  2. Hi,
    The Bonsai Shop, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin has a good range of indoor bonsai starting at €15 upwards. We also have some great new outdoor bonsai just in. The Jap. Maples look gorgeous at this time of the year. We also have tools, pots etc.
    We are open in a new location on the ground floor, beside the main staircase on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10.30 to 6 and Thursday until 7. Hope to see you there. Regards Maureen Massey.

  3. Hi Paul
    I am an ameature bonsai enthuaist living in wicklow , I just came across you site and was curious if sell akadama soil or if you give classes or lessons? I have collected some yamadorii this year which I hope to develope over the coming years. I would be a big fan of Graham Potter of kaizen bonsai. Thanks John

  4. Paul

    Appreciate the response, i think johnstown would be my best courrse of action.

    regards John

  5. @john
    have a read of this http://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basicscatlitter.htm
    im switching to the tesco one on as many trees as i can afford to this year, or if i can find it the sophisticat pink which is the same but with larger particle size, for the bigger trees.
    outperforms akadama by all accounts.

    @Pmaster i hope you dont mind me posting that, its such a great resource in general and relevant to our climate

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