A new Guinness World Record for the largest display of bonsai trees was created in Taipei, Taiwan on January 17 .
John Garland, a Guinness World Records official, counted 1,458 potted mini trees in the Bohtai Garden on Saturday, reported China News Service.
The combined age of the tiny plants is more than 145,800 years with the youngest being 80 years old and the eldest 500 years old, according to Chen Wantian, the owner of the collection.
Chen said that he started collecting bonsai to protect the rare local specimens.
“I watched for years how foreign buyers were purchasing bonsai plants from Taiwan. I felt very sad that these rare Taiwanese species were shipped aboard, so I started collecting bonsai,” Chen explained.
Currently, his collection forms seven percent out of all rare bonsai trees growing in Taiwan.