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The Bonsai Handbook

The exquisite art of bonsai is beautifully demonstrated in this authoritative, practical handbook, which takes the reader from a first foray into the world of miniature trees to a level of considerable expertise. This book covers both indoor and outdoor varieties and is full of practical information about cultivation, propagation and pruning. It is a guide both for newcomers to the art as well as for bonsai gardeners with some knowledge of the subject. The handbook describes, in clear text, step-by-step artworks and finely detailed photographs, the anatomy and the art of this classic hobby. It describes the rules - and also describes how they can be broken. It will enable beginners to start their own bonsai collection, whether of home grown or bought trees, and to keep their bonsai healthy and in good shape. It will answer questions for those who already have some experience with bonsai. All the tools and the skills needed are described, and a beautiful photographic compendium displays the top 24 species, both outdoor and indoor. Written by a master of the art, this how-to book is the perfect reference for bonsai owners at many levels of expertise.
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David Prescott created his first bonsai - a Scots pine - from seed at the age of eight. He has since become a full-time bonsai expert, having learned from teachers such as well-known and widely published Colin Lewis, who acted on consultant on this book. David lives near Manchester, England.

About the Author

David Prescott created his first bonsai from seed, a Scots pine, at the age of eight. He is now an award-winning bonsai practitioner and a much-admired and enthusiastic teacher of the art. Consultant Colin Lewis is a highly-experienced teacher, judge, author and winner of many international awards for bonsai and for the photography of bonsai.


"Bonsai books abound, but [this] may convince me to try again. It combines aesthetic appreciation with lucid practical advice, along with helpful drawings. Prescott deals with almost every facet of the art-from the proper tools, to watering, feeding, root pruning, soil types, pots and branch wiring-in a way that is truly encouraging."--"Washington Post Book World"

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