A land surveyor and lover of the outdoors used nature as a template when he set out to improve the landscaping in his gritty Texas neighborhood.

In gritty Fort Worth neighborhood, bonsai gardener carves out beautiful world

Special to the Star-Telegram
The small juniper had been stepped on by cows. It had been hit repeatedly by a fence gate.
He looked at the battered little shrub and saw the makings of great beauty.
He dug the juniper from the ground and brought it back to his 100-year-old home in one of southeast Fort Worth's more crime-ridden and struggling neighborhoods.

There, he set about training the juniper into a small piece of art.
Dan Hammack is intent on creating a better world. ...
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