Grow Your Own Bonsai

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2005 - Gardening - 141 pages
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Part art, part horticulture, a properly shaped, trained, and potted bonsai becomes more beautiful with age. Covering every key technique and style, plus cultivation, maintenance, and display, these right-from-the-beginning basics go from root to leaf to bud—the entire lifecycle of a tree. In large, close-up photos, see how they grow, and how to buy and propagate them from seed or cutting. Trim, shape with wire, repot, root prune, and do summer pinching. Most spectacular are the displays, shown in detailed pictures, with information on preparing them, including choosing a pot. Successfully nurture a micro-forest on a slab; a simple, but wonderfully effective raft planting; a dramatic tree with its roots wrapped around a rock; and other breathtaking bonsai.
 

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Contents

THE BASICS HELP
18
Root to Leaf 1819 Siting your Bonsai
34
THE PROJECTS
63

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About the author (2005)

Formally trained as a garden designer, Colin Lewis has been growing bonsai since 1974. He traveled to Japan in 1989 to study the ancient art. Lewis now regularly teaches on the subject and writes for magazines throughout Europe. He has exhibited trees at the Chelsea Flower Show, the National Bonsai Collection, and the Annual Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition in Oasaka, Japan.
Neil Sutherland's photographs include still life, portraits, natural history, food, landscape, and travel over the course over more than 25 years. His work has been published in books and magazines throughout the world.

Neil Sutherland is Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s Department of Educational Studies, where he served for 37 years. He was the principal investigator of the Canadian Childhood History Project located at UBC, and has published articles, reviews and a number of books, most recently "Growing Up: Childhood in English Canada from the Great War to the Age of Television.

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