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CLASSIC STYLES EXPLAINED

The origins and development of bonsai are traced, and the underlying principles of this fascinating art clearly explained. The classic styles are listed and illustrated, together with full descriptions of how they were derived from models in the world. Outstanding examples of plantings in all of the various styles are shown. The types of containers are detailed, and the importance of their use for different trees or styles explained. Advice is given on placing and exhibiting your completed bonsai.

CLEAR STEP-BY-STEP SEQUENCES
There is comprehensive information on how to create a bonsai from a seedling, cutting, or garden center plant. Clear step-by-step sequences take you from the initial raw material through to the finished bonsai, showing the superb results that can be achieved. All the tools and techniques of bonsai are illustrated and explained, and their use described in detail. Maintenance and propagation sections tell you everything you need to know to keep your bonsai beautiful and healthy, or to create your own trees.

DETAILS OF MORE THAN 100 SPECIES
A photographic catalogue of bonsai trees and shrubs lies at the heart of the book, providing the cultivation and styling details of over 100 different species. Each entry is accompanied by an original full-color photograph of at least one outstanding specimen. This section is supplemented by a further compendium of trees and shrubs that can be grown as bonsai, giving a total of over 300 to choose from.

The Complete Book of Bonsai reveals every aspect of the art, with inspirational ideas and practical advice at every turn. Whether you are a beginner who would like to grow just one or two trees, or an experienced enthusiast who wishes to build up a whole collection, it is the essential reference work.

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"This is the most thorough, lavishly...illustrated book any bonsai enthusiast could wish for, written with clarity and inspiration by one of Europe''s leading experienced authorities." — Choice

"The authors passion for his subject is communicated on every page." — Elle Decor

"The photographs alone are worth the purchase price." — The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee

About the Author

Harry Tomlinson is one of Europe''s leading bonsai artists and instructors. He has been both studying and practicing the principles of bonsai for almost thirty years, and is an internationally recognized authority on the subject. He has exhibited bonsai and gained awards in Britain and Japan, and has judged the bonsai section at Britain''s world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. For the past thirteen years the author has been a professional bonsai artist with his own studio, and is a leading bonsai nurseryman. Greenwood Bonsai Studio, which he runs with his wife Christine, is the largest and most complete bonsai nursery in Britain.

Elvin McDonald, who wrote the Foreword, is Director of Special Projects at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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Introduction

I am often asked when it was and why that I first became attached to bonsai. My earliest recollection dates back to a rainy holiday around 1950 spent visiting my aunt and uncle. I would like to be able to say that they employed a scholarly, kind, elderly Japanese gardener who entrusted me with the ancient oriental secrets of bonsai culture and set me on a path of spiritual enlightenment. However, the truth is more prosaic. Out of boredom, kept indoors by the wet weather, and being an avid and compulsive reader of everything from cereal packets to the complete works of Charles Dickens, I started on the only reading matter in the house – a set of rather decrepit encyclopedias. Luckily, the rain lasted for several days, long enough for me to complete the As and most of the Bs (for many years I was a child prodigy on any subject from A to B).

The only distinct impression I retain from this industrious study is that of bonsai. My imagination was stirred, and for weeks my parents had to contend with plant pots full of seed and saplings on windowsills all around the house. I scoured the local library for any more information about bonsai, without success. The initial interest, without further fuel, subsided.

About ten years later, I came across " The Japanese Art of Trees and Landscapes" by Yuji Yoshimura and Giovanna M. Halford (first published by Charles E. Tuttle in 1957 and still a valued work, with its thirty-first printing in 1987, this was the first major book on bonsai published in English), and the flame of my earlier interest was rekindled and I was soon addicted. As the interest in bonsai in the West grew, more and more books in English became available and I bought and studied every one. Gradually but inevitably, bonsai took over my life – to such an extent that in 1979 I resigned, after almost twenty years, my executive post in the Civil Service to devote my life to bonsai.

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Charles Lynch
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A decent book as far as info goes, a bit outdated as far as soil mixtures and some techniques, still a good book for us newbs!
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2018
This book has almost everything from beginner to advanced bonsai techniques but it was written in the seventies and has not been updated since. Western Bonsai practitioners back in the 70s and early 80s really did not have any idea as to what the best soil substrate mixture... See more
This book has almost everything from beginner to advanced bonsai techniques but it was written in the seventies and has not been updated since. Western Bonsai practitioners back in the 70s and early 80s really did not have any idea as to what the best soil substrate mixture for rhizome or root development and many of the trees pictured in this book use non porous stone mixed with topsoil and not once in the book does it mention using a all or mostly grit substrate such as Boons mix (akadama, lava stone, and pumice).

While it is lacking in certain areas, what it does lack stems from the fact that Western knowledge on the art of bonsai has developed much further then when this book was last updated.

That being said I do not regret purchasing this book and would suggest it for any beginners 2 Intermediate area practitioners but fall time practitioners and experts may not gain very much other than possibly to be reminded of things they have forgotten here and there.
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Allen
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A Really Nice Reference Book
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2019
The book didn''t quite live up to my expectations. While it goes into great detail about the history of the art of Bonsai through the ages, it falls short in providing the reader with more helpful day-to-day care instructions for many of the most popular Bonsai tree species... See more
The book didn''t quite live up to my expectations. While it goes into great detail about the history of the art of Bonsai through the ages, it falls short in providing the reader with more helpful day-to-day care instructions for many of the most popular Bonsai tree species and varieties. If you''re into the more esoteric Bonsai species and varieties, then this may be the book for you. But if you''re a more pedestrian Bonsai enthusiast and want more thorough information about trees like the Chinese Elm, the Golden Gate Ficus, or even the lowly South African Jade Tree, you''ll likely be disappointed.
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Ray
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Overall decent book on bonsai.
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2020
Good read. Very informative about the art of bonsai. Some basics are given but still leaves something to be desired. Meaning I dont feel its a one all be all if you want to do bonsai. Many types of bonsai are included with detailed info but many of the ones I like I cant... See more
Good read. Very informative about the art of bonsai. Some basics are given but still leaves something to be desired. Meaning I dont feel its a one all be all if you want to do bonsai. Many types of bonsai are included with detailed info but many of the ones I like I cant really grow because of my climate zone. Would recommend to supplement with other books if you want to learn the training aspects. I do also think this is not a read it one time kind of book. My need multiple reads to get full value out of it.
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Drastic
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Pretty pictures, and that''s all.
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
Nearly as worthless as his "101 Essential Tips" book, except this one is far more expensive. Yet it omits many crucial details that are important to keeping a tree alive. What''s the point in talking about training and wiring, if it doesn''t cover the essential principles... See more
Nearly as worthless as his "101 Essential Tips" book, except this one is far more expensive. Yet it omits many crucial details that are important to keeping a tree alive. What''s the point in talking about training and wiring, if it doesn''t cover the essential principles in a way that instructs the beginner? You could be a master gardener, successful at growing flowers and vegetables, yet quickly kill an expensive and beautiful bonsai tree, if all you had was this book.
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eleshazar
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Very useful guide!
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
I''ve wanted to get into bonsai for many years now, but was always afraid by how daunting it seemed. I finally decided 2020 was the perfect year for it and after looking around figured this would be a good starting book. I''ve now read this book cover to cover and... See more
I''ve wanted to get into bonsai for many years now, but was always afraid by how daunting it seemed. I finally decided 2020 was the perfect year for it and after looking around figured this would be a good starting book.

I''ve now read this book cover to cover and think it is a great guide that covers any topic you could think of! It touches on the horticultural aspects as well as the artistic styling of bonsai. The many illustrations and pictures helped me understand exactly what the author was talking about. There''s even a pretty extensive species guide that helps you pick the right bonsai species for you.

I''d highly recommend this book for both beginners and advanced bonsai enthusiasts!
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Linda toner
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very complete book
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2020
This book goes into detail about all the aspects of bonsai, complete with photographs and explanations. It is the perfect book for beginner and expert. this is the most comprehensive book about bonsai I have read yet, and I have read many. I would recommend this book to... See more
This book goes into detail about all the aspects of bonsai, complete with photographs and explanations. It is the perfect book for beginner and expert. this is the most comprehensive book about bonsai I have read yet, and I have read many. I would recommend this book to everyone who does or is interested in bonsai.
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Michelle Rubin
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Beautiful, informative, perfect book for beginners!
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2021
This is a comprehensive book about growing and caring for bonsai trees. It contains beautiful photos and all the information one needs to learn about bonsai. It’s a coffee table book and it’s wonderful. If you only buy one book about bonsa trees, this is it. I bought a used... See more
This is a comprehensive book about growing and caring for bonsai trees. It contains beautiful photos and all the information one needs to learn about bonsai. It’s a coffee table book and it’s wonderful. If you only buy one book about bonsa trees, this is it. I bought a used copy and it’s in perfect condition. Buy it, you won’t be sorry.
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Jacob Dunkley
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Awesome starting point for beginners
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2021
I really like the wide range of topics covered here. I love the fact it includes a list of typical bonsai plants and teaches you about propagation and other renewable methods for growing more trees.For anyone wondering the passage on soil mentions granite grit. This is the... See more
I really like the wide range of topics covered here. I love the fact it includes a list of typical bonsai plants and teaches you about propagation and other renewable methods for growing more trees.For anyone wondering the passage on soil mentions granite grit. This is the same grit given to chickens to help them break down their food.
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Tombot
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Excellent Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 4, 2020
Great book on Bonsai, well packaged and delivered as promised.
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H.S.P
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Good Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2014
This book does what it say in the title. As a novice it explains the different types of trees and how to look after them. It shows how to maintain existing trees. It also explains how to start with an untouched tree and what to do to turn it into a good looking bonsai. The...See more
This book does what it say in the title. As a novice it explains the different types of trees and how to look after them. It shows how to maintain existing trees. It also explains how to start with an untouched tree and what to do to turn it into a good looking bonsai. The delivery was quick and it was well packaged. H.S. P.
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Five Stars
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Steven Magdic
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This is a great book for bonsai trees
Reviewed in Canada on October 19, 2015
This is a great book for bonsai trees. Unfortunately my tree didn''t make it but that isn''t the books fault. This book has many different types of trees and everything you need to know on how to form and shape your tree to giving each type it''s specific good to survive....See more
This is a great book for bonsai trees. Unfortunately my tree didn''t make it but that isn''t the books fault. This book has many different types of trees and everything you need to know on how to form and shape your tree to giving each type it''s specific good to survive. Great book.
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this is the best book in bonsai
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this is the best book in bonsai!!!!! with this book and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHu-EKH4SYwl6WJr_g2JnQ set of videos.. one can definitely fall in love with this process... the book is full of pictures and thorough explanation of the procedure
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