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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • ISBN-10: 9535651501
  • ISBN-13: 978-9535651505
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Harrington was born in Oxford, UK in 1970 and after 20 years in and around Manchester now lives near the Chiltern Hills in Aylesbury.
Harry started bonsai as a hobby nearly 20 years ago whilst working as a gardener. Harry started working professionally as a bonsai artist and writer in 2000.
His website www.bonsai4me.com started life as a collection of private notes about bonsai that were published as 'Species Guides' in 2001; the first comprehensive study of plant species suitable for bonsai available online. Since that time Bonsai4me has grown on an annual basis and now attracts over 1.5million different visitors each year from around the world.
The success and popularity of the 'Progression Series' (articles and photo-series showing the development of a bonsai over many years) at Bonsai4me.com has led to Harry writing and publishing 2 books on the subject via B4MePublishing; Bonsai Inspirations 1 originally published in 2011, Bonsai Inspirations 2 published in 2012 and an updated version of Bonsai Inspirations 1 (2nd Edition) in 2014. Copies of these titles have been distributed to nearly 40 countries around the world.
Harry's first (Kindle only) book based on Bonsai4me.com, 'Bonsai Basics' was originally published in February 2013 and is set to be published in a traditional format during 2014.

Harry continues to write for bonsai4me.com and further books are planned for the future. He teaches and runs workshops in the area around London and is frequently commissioned to undertake styling work on client's trees. Harry specializes in turning poor quality material into works of art and enjoys the challenge of styling 'unsuitable' material for bonsai.
Harry rarely shows his trees to the public, preferring to keep a relatively low-profile within the standard Club and Show circuits.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonsai Inspirations review 13 April 2011
By Nino
"As a fan of Harry's web site I was very excited when the book came out! Unlike other bonsai books that I have, this book refers not so much to just the basics of bonsai (although, there are some interesting articles in the book) but tends to describe how bonsai should be approached from a design point of view. Over 10 trees are carefully followed over the years, using over 400 pictures to illustrate step-by-step how the bonsai are developed. This book really is an inspiration to all bonsai enthusiasts"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing Bonsai Inspirations 4 April 2011
I bought Bonsai Inspirations some months ago, and I'm in the middle of the book at this time. This book has several tips concerning take care of bonsai. The explanation are very simple and followed by pictures with "before" and "after". I recommend this Book to all "threes" and Bonsai enthusiasts.
Thanks Harry for sharing your work with us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonsai IS For Eeveryone... 12 Nov 2011
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.... and Harry Harrington proves it.
This is the book that us mere mortals have been waiting for.
Who are those 'mere mortals' ?

Well, we're the people who can't afford to spend 500 on a half-decent bonsai, and a further 200 on a designer pot.

We don't start conversations with "I imported this tree from (insert name of famous bonsai nursery) in Japan.

We are also the people who are of a certain age, and the suggestion that we spend a tenner on a small starter tree and then nurture it for the next 20 years isn't an option.

We are people on a limited budget, but who love growing things.

I've been growing bonsai for 25 years, and suddenly I don't feel inferior. I can even say (loudly) that some of the methods used by Masters in Japan don't work here, and that there are simpler and better methods that anyone can use.
What the author does (whether he realises it or not) is to show us how the Japanese and others produce lovely, ancient-looking bonsai in less than ten years ... by the thousand.
In fact, sometimes just two or three years is all that's needed.
Excellent bonsai material is all around us - on wasteground - hillsides - pit heaps - old railway cuttings - riverbanks, everywhere.
Of course, you MUST get permission from whoever owns the site. You might even decide to offer something in return. But the trees are there, waiting, and Harry shows you what to do about it.

You will also find suitable material in your local garden centres or your friend's, family's, or neighbour's gardens (don't forget to look at your own).
He concentrates on indigenous species, but the basic horticultural and bonsai techniques apply to most species with similar weather and growing conditions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing Bonsai Guide 3 May 2011
By Faisal
I think it's a wonderful book that cover most every topic in detail.
Good quality pictures and great layout.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bonsai 14 April 2011
This is a book which meets two needs, it's utterly useful in terms of the practice of Bonsai and lovely to look at.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Bonsai Book 14 April 2011
By a-mused
(Written and provided to Mr. Harrington shortly before public availability - but worth repeating here. I am the author of the original review. The review was unsolicited and no promise of or actual compensation was offered prior to writing the review.)

In a world filled with opinions and rules diverse as the species used, there is finally a book to fill a sorely apparent void in the bonsai universe. Harry Harrington has transformed and extended upon his brilliant reference website into that book. If I were limited to two words to describe it, those words would be "eminently practical".

That may sound trite, however the book is anything but. Harrington espouses the use of readily available, native species. To these are applied tested, proven, and appropriately-timed techniques. The reasoning and results are clearly demonstrated in diagram and photograph. The text spends little time debating the merits of particular styles, but instead provides all the information (and then some) required to accomplish transforming the vision of the tree in your mind to that of a tree in front of you. As the owner of well over 50 English and Japanese books on the subject along with hundreds of English and Japanese magazines, I am fairly comfortable saying that this is the first book I have seen give the tools, rather than cookie-cutter recipes or simply glossing over the key bits.

Buy this book, regardless of your skill or experience level in bonsai. The only way not to learn something from it is to not open it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST A BONSAI BOOK I CAN USE 8 May 2011
Bonsai inspirations has filled a gap for me. I can follow the text with the help of all Harrington's pics to back up the instructions and the book has that marvellous function of making you confident that you could achieve something.
Thanks for your enthusiastism. It is contagious.
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