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The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Bonsai [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Ken Norman
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1 Sep 2009 Complete Practical Encyclopedi
This book defines and describes the ancient craft of bonsai, explaining the best trees and shrubs to use as well as the imporance of size, proportion and aesthetics. The art of display is also examined, with useful advice on pots and containers, as well as how to display bonsai indoors and outdoors. The techniques of this precise art form are clearly described, and there is guidance on tools, propagation, and soil types, as well as on basic pruning, shaping and wiring. An invaluable bonsai directory provides information on a variety of popular species, while a chapter on caring for bonsai gives advice on general maintenance, as well as coping with pests and diseases. A unique section describes 15 of the most popular styles and includes how-to-instruction on how to achieve each example.


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754821803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754821809
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Norman has been growing bonsai for over forty years. He and his wife Ann have an important collection of bonsai permanently displayed at Leonardslee Gardens, West Sussex, England. Ken is a past Chairman of both the Federation of the British Bonsai Societies (FOBBS) and the Friends of the National Bonsai Collection (FNBC). He is also a founder member, past Chairman and current President of the Sussex Bonsai Group and has been involved in organizing national and international bonsai conventions. Ken and Ann have been awarded six Gold Medals at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, including a Gold Medal at Chelsea 2004.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful info! 6 Jun 2013
I have two bonzai trees which I bought from a garden centre and am trying to grow two other ones myself. As a first time grower, I found this book to be full of useful tips and once I'd seen what was possible with this wonderful art, it made me even more deternined to continue with it as a hobby. Would definitaly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably THE best bonsai book there is 9 Jan 2014
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This book is very complete (as the title claims). It is highly detailed in its descriptions and motivates every statement. All pictures also help a lot. This book is THE book to have if you intend to read only one bonsai book ever.

The only drawback is that the font is very small. If you don't have perfect eyesight, you might need to hold the book close, which can get tiresome for your arms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bonsai book 3 May 2014
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this book is very good, very informative and a must for anyone interested in this hobby, if you are a beginner, add to your list of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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a good book filled with great pictures and plenty of useful help for the beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PICTURES 26 Jun 2014
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STEP BY STEP DESCRIPTIONS. REALLY GOOD FOR BEGINNERS. COVER MANY TOPICS.GOOD QUALITY EDITION. DETAILED PICTURES. VERY GOOD GUIDE FOR A BEGINNER!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Practical Encyclopedia of Bonsai 19 Jun 2014
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Useful for a beginner, although this is only an encyclopedia so an additional instructional book may come in handy if you plan to get into Bonsai
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