About The Founders
On the western coast of India in Mumbai city – the Mecca of Bonsai in India live Jyoti & Nikunj Parekh who have converted a vast number of Indians into Bonsai, Saikei and greenery enthusiasts. Between the two of them they tend their more than 1000 bonsai trees, tray landscapes at their terrace in Mumbai and at a farm located 70 km from Mumbai. It was Jyoti who began experimenting with tropical trees in the early 1970’s which became an obsession and by 1977 resulted in TROPICAL BONSAI, the first book on Bonsai in the tropics. By 1979, the husband and wife team founded BONSAI STUDY GROUP of THE INDO-JAPANESE ASSOCIATION. Almost all the students, personalities and talented teachers of bonsai in India, at one time or another, have undergone training under the aegis of their group. For more than three decades they have been actively organizing and conducting events across India, by way of workshops, lecture demonstrations, and exhibitions. They have co-authored 'WONDERWORLD OF TROPICAL BONSAI' and 'WONDERWORLD OF BONSAI & SAIKEI' which are reference books for Botany students in Indian universities. Over a period of 30 years, they have introduced many new varieties of plants suitable for the tropics like Ficuses, Wrightias, Bucida Spinosa and many more.