Who are we?
EISEI-EN BONSAI GARDEN
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.