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.
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.