Meet Niveen and his Bonsai garden
Karunagappalli (Kollam): There are many trees on the terrace of Niveen's house. Some are mere 10 centimetres tall whereas others are just 2.5 feet tall. Mango tree, banyan tree and jackfruit tree which normally grows into giant trees are maintained as dwarf plants here.
Karunagappalli native Niveen became interested in Bonsai trees since he was in class 8. Then he started collecting Bonsai plants. On noticing the small trees which grow on compound walls and other places, he would carefully uproot them and convert into Bonsai plant. He uses only organic farming.
There are 20-year-old mango tree and 19-year-old coconut tree growing in small flowerpots. Niveen has a collection of various types of banyan trees, mango trees, jackfruit trees, banana trees, coconut trees, quickstick trees and bamboos. The trees are maintained in their natural shape but in miniature size.
Niveen gets full support from his family and friends too. They call him wherever they spot small trees that can be transformed into Bonsai. Majority of the plants are developed in this way.
A bank employee, Niveen dreams of making a small forest with the help of some nature lovers. Niveen has also plans to make a gallery for exhibiting Bonsai plants permanently. He has never sold any Bonsai tree in his collection.