After recovering from major depression 36 years ago, Ms. Amy Liang became a world-renowned bonsai artist in Taiwan. For four decades, Ms. Liang has dedicated herself to the promotion of bonsai culture.
In addition to teaching bonsai and garden design at the National Taiwan Normal University, the Chinese Culture University, the Seattle Pacific University, and the South Community College in the United States, Ms. Liang has given lectures in over 20 countries, including America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Having been president of the National Bonsai Association of Taiwan (NBAT) and Asia-Pacific Friendship Federation (ABFF), Ms. Liang was presented the World Bonsai Contribution Award by the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF), and appointed as an international consultant to WBFF.
Among the 10 books she has written, The Art of Bonsai won her the Golden Tripod Award for Publications twice, which is the highest honor in Taiwan’s publishing industry.
Another book, The Living Art of Bonsai: Principles & Techniques of Cultivation & Propagation, was once selected as one of the top 10 best books of the year in the United States, which has been used as a bonsai textbook in 23 countries.
Since 1991, Ms. Liang has conducted the Bonsai Training Class in China for 24 years consecutively, where she has taught about 6,400 Chinese students.
In 1995, she was given the honorary title of Bonsai Art Master of China, and received the Lifetime Contribution Award for Bonsai Cultural Exchange between the Two Sides of the Taiwan Straits. She was also appointed as the Honorary President of the Chinese Penjing Artists Association.
Located in the suburbs of Taipei City, Amy Liang’s Bonsai Museum, also known as “Zi Yuan” (Purple Garden), covers an area of 2,700 pings (8,925 square meters).
Her personal collection includes over 500 units of bonsai in 100 tree species. Among them, five units were selected for Taiwan postage stamps, and one unit for U.S. postage stamps respectively.
Over the past 16 years, Ms. Liang has conducted various bonsai training sessions for college students and the general public in the Zi Yuan Bonsai Museum for free.
On average, there were about 3,000 people, including many VIPs invited by the Taiwanese government, who visit the museum each year. Amy Liang stressed that growing bonsai trees is an excellent hobby that can improve your health, and bring peace and harmony to society.