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The Art of Bonsai: Creation, Care and Enjoyment

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Learn the ins and outs of proper bonsai design and care with this comprehensive Japanese gardening book.

Japanese bonsai have long been admired throughout the world while their care and preservation have seemed shrouded in mystery. The Art of Bonsai is, however, a comparatively simple art to learn. Anyone with a love a plants, a little patience and this eminently practical
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 15th 1996 by Tuttle Publishing
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Edward
Sep 12, 2015 Edward rated it really liked it
I picked up this book after seeing the author's name at the National Arboretum's bonsai exhibit. Yoshimura was the first Japanese bonsai master to welcome international students, and this work is his legacy to the world.

Bonsai are famous for their subtle, simple beauty. Their elegance appears almost effortless, but if you learn anything from this book it will be that training a bonsai is not easy. It takes care and dedication, much like one would give a pet. This discipline is part of the rewar
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Vesna
Apr 30, 2016 Vesna rated it did not like it
Shelves: plants
This author recommends watering a bonsai 4-5 times a DAY in the summer ( maybe he hasn't heard of root rot?) and not watering it at all during whole winter. No comment.
He also considers earthworms pests and teaches us how to kill them.
If this book contains BS of this degree, I simply cannot take anything in it seriously. Definitely not recommended for beginners who can't distinguish between useful and harmful advice in this book. As I am a beginner myself, I will not try any of his suggestions
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Eric
Apr 26, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who want to learn bonsai in the same way Daniel San learned karate
Shelves: gardening
I have a 1961 edition.

This book is a wealth of information, and I'm intimidated by it. They tell you right up front that you're not going to even be good at this. But you can possible hope not to immediately kill everything.
Arne
Oct 17, 2013 Arne rated it did not like it
Jeeeez, I never knew Bonsai's were such a mission.

You'd think a tree couldn't survive on it's own. I blazed through it and decided that my bonsai was either going to have to be stronger, or die. Simple as that. I am not going to take it to a nursery for boarding when I go away for the weekend.
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