If beautiful bonsai have caught your eye, but you've felt too intimidated to start cultivating your own, then welcome to this wonderful pastime. Start enjoying this fascinating hobby with a complete guide to every aspect of the art, from selecting suitable plants for your climate, through healthcare, styling, potting, and troubleshooting, to long-term development. Illustrated with the author's own photographs of varieties popular throughout the world, and accompanied by charts and drawings, it includes case studies that take you through important techniques, one by one. A special chapter, "The Bonsai School," examines pruning and development methods in detail, and provides species information on the major bonsai types. You'll uncover basic information on rock planting, elms, white pines, maples, informal and informal uprights, using nursery trees for bonsai, correcting design and growth, styling with a mature tree, and so much more.
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About the Author
About the Author
Craig Coussins travels around the world teaching about bonsai. He has worked in the United States, South Africa, Ireland, Russia, England, and Italy, studying the indigenous species and working toward developing them. He is also a writer for many bonsai magazines.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bonsai for Beginners is a superb book written by someone that obviously knows their subject. Unlike many other Bonsai books, this book shows you through many examples methods of achieving excellent results from this `art¿. The photographs are simply amazing and I have never seen so many in a Bonsai book before. There are close on approaching 450 in this volume and while there is a lot of text, the text is easy to read and follow. In fact, I found myself sitting down and reading what I thought was just a reference book but was, in fact, a great read. The quality of the writing is almost novel in its structure and very riveting. If you want to know how to make Bonsai then this is, without any doubt, the book for you. As you develop your Bonsai skills, you go to some of the slightly more advanced sections such as taking a cascade style, where the Bonsai foliage is cascading down over the pot and below the table and turning it upside down to make a wonderful informal upright tree shape. You really have to see this to appreciate it. The core of this book is its excellent series of step-by-step photographs covering all the techniques such as potting, pruning and root pruning, subjects that usually scare the pants of many a beginner. Scattered throughout the book are many wonderful examples of Bonsai from Craig Coussins own collection and prize specimens from a number of other Bonsai collections. Craig Coussins shows you in a clear and concise way all the techniques that fill you with confidence to try these techniques for yourselves. Not only a `best buy¿ but also a truly necessary purchase if you are interested in Bonsai.