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The Bonsai Book

The Definitive Illustrated Guide

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This beautiful, full-color, authoritative book presents, in a practical yet inspirational way, Dan Barton’s expert knowledge and two decades of research on the joy of Bonsai. He gives detailed step-by-step horticultural instructions and fascinating insight into the creative process of Bonsai and provides a genuine understanding of the subject.

As well as giving the essential descriptions of stock, equipment, basic care, and training techniques, the book includes new methods of achieving quicker results, a Bonsai calendar showing routing tasks on a month-by-month basis, and the use of modern materials, all of great value to today’s Bonsai enthusiast. Subjects includes:

  • Making a start, Potting up and re-potting
  • Composts, Watering, Feeding and fertilizers
  • Formal upright style Chokkan and derivatives
  • Informal upright style moyogi
  • Slanting style shakan Windswept style fukinagashi
  • Semi-cascade style han-kengai
  • Cascade style kengai
  • Single-trunk variations
  • Twin-trunk style sokan
  • Forest group style yose-ue
  • Multi-trunk variations
  • Propagation, Seeds, Cuttings, Grafting
  • Propagation from air-layering
  • Pests and diseases, Bacteria and viruses, Insects and pests
  • And much, much more!

Beautifully illustrated throughout with strikingly original and instructive photographs, line drawings, and working schedules, The Bonsai Book is a must for would-be Bonsai enthusiasts and experts alike, and its fabulous presentation makes it an ideal gift.

Dan Barton NDD, ATD, ABIPP was born in Hong Kong in 1938 where he saw Bonsai for the first time. He is a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and Applied Photography at Bristol Polytechnic. His research into Bonsai has been extensive and he has pioneered several Bonsai training techniques. Known and respected throughout the world, he is an honorary member of several international Bonsai societies and serves on the panel of judges for Bonsai at the world-famous Chelsea flower Show. His own trees have been extensively exhibited.