Rob tending the bonsai collection as featured in 'The National' newspaper in the UAE.
Robert Macnair is a recognised self-taught Bonsai artist, having drawn inspiration and knowledge from some of the world’s leading artistes and authorities both
past and present for the past thirty years. Robert or ‘Rob’ to friends and clients is originally from Scotland, where he studied Business and Scot’s Law. In 1976 Robert relocated to the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands
where his business interests included the import of fine wines and property development.
His passion for Bonsai started in 1986 when he was badly injured. During a near
twelve month recovery period was the point where his interest and fascination truly developed for the art and cultivation of Bonsai. In 1988 he set up a small Bonsai business, ‘Bonsai Worldwide’, this gave him the contacts in the Far East and Asia
that he still works closely with today. Robert says, “it was a start….I was importing small quantities of high quality trees that were pre-sold from images ‘air-mailed’ from nurseries in Japan and Korea.”.......No email or WhatsApp
With a strong foundation and understanding of the art he moved to Bordeaux, France in 1991 and formed the company ‘Bonsai Sud-Ouest’, the business
stepped-up a gear and Robert became somewhat of a personality in the region, especially at the Old Bordeaux Market which he attended every Sunday with his display of miniature trees. “I arrived at 6am at the Market, set-up my stall and joined the other
stall-holders in the cafes for coffee and cognac at 7am….what a life!......I always finished the day “All Sold Out!”... Robert enthusiastically explains.
2006, Robert was approached with an exciting and challenging opportunity in Dubai, this was quite a move and meant a complete change to his lifestyle and passion for Bonsai. His main concern was the climate, his ‘prize’ trees were shipped to Scotland,
where they remain to this day tended by a very knowledgeable close and old friend.
As Robert says
many times, “Bonsai is an addictive passion….you never lose it!”, so in 2011 he started developing an information web site: www.bonsai-dubai.com. Interest slowly started growing in the Emirates and then throughout the Middle East, 2023 will
see the web site reach 500,000 visits! …….The rest is history for those of you who know Robert.
*Reproduced with the kind permission of Tanya Bowler-Timms