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EISEI-EN BONSAI GARDEN

NASHVILLE, TN

Eisei-en is the premier bonsai garden, nursery and school of the Eastern US. Tucked away in the outskirts of Nashville, TN, the garden is more than just a provider of fine quality bonsai art; it is a testament to the beauty of nature and of humanity's inextricable link to it. The brainchild of bonsai professional Bjorn Bjorholm and his wife Nanxi Chen, Eisei-en is the culmination of nearly a decade of focused, intensive study of bonsai art, culture and aesthetics in Japan.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

The term eisei is a combination of two Japanese Kanji characters. The first, ei (永, pronounced ay), is defined as forever, eternal, ever-lasting, and perpetual. The second, sei (青, pronounced say), means young, green, blue, and adolescence. The combined word eisei could, therefore, be interpreted as forever green, eternally young, or ever-lasting youth. Beneath these more direct translations, though, lie several deeper meanings that speak to the core values and principles expressed in the garden - namely, always maintaining a youthful, energetic approach to learning and forever striving to provide for, and transmit knowledge to, the next generation.

The final character, en (園), means garden or nursery. Thus the name Eisei-en is brought to life, representing the garden's dedication to the future of the American, and the global, bonsai community.

VISIT THE GARDEN

Eisei-en is open by appointment only, Thursday thru Sunday, 9am-5pm. The garden is closed Monday thru Wednesday, and from mid-December to mid-February.

To book a visit, please contact us using the button below.
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JOIN THE SCHOOL

Enroll in our on-site intensive programs and develop the requisite skills to create outstanding bonsai under the tutelage of Bjorn L Bjorholm.

For more information, click the button below.
SCHOOL DETAILS

JOIN BONSAI-U

Bonsai-U is our comprehensive online bonsai learning platform. Join today and get access to new bonsai demos each month, as well as live Q&A sessions with Bjorn L Bjorholm!

Join Bonsai-U today via the link below.
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MEET OUR STAFF

Bjorn L Bjorholm

Eisei-en Owner

Bjorn L Bjorholm, owner of Eisei-en, is a bonsai professional and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under … Read More

Nanxi Chen posing with a Bonsai in Omiya Japan

Nanxi Chen

Japan Bonsai Tour Director

Nanxi Chen is the better half of the Eisei-en team and the force behind our Japan Bonsai Tours.  Born in … Read More