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Here are the top 3 bonsai books
Top 10 Best Bonsai Books
1. The Bonsai Beginner’s Bible
Reviews from Real Users
Whether new to bonsai or an experienced veteran, this book is the absolute best, most helpful, most useful resource I’ve ever come across, the title doesn’t quite do it justice, it’s really more like an encyclopedia of every conceivable variety of bonsai, telling you everything you need to know about every possible variety
The navigation through links to the book is excellent and makes the reaching of very important information easy and pleasurable. The general information is for beginners but with the insight of an experienced master. In my opinion the most important feature of the book is the encyclopedic description and tips of various plants for bonsai. For instance, there is a section dedicated to the Powder Puff which I have not seen in any of the many books I own and that will help me with the care of two bonsais I have of this species.
Good book but though take step bye step from the seed but didn't
3. Freestyle Bonsai: How to pot, grow, prune, and shape – Bend the rules of traditional bonsai
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Freestyle Bonsai is a beginner friendly casual introduction and tutorial guide to some of the concepts and techniques of bonsai collected and written by Jerome Kellerhals & Mariannjely Marval. Due out 12th Apr 2022 from Quarto on their Cool Springs Press imprint, it's 160 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.
This is a really well written introduction to bonsai aimed at keen beginner level to expert gardeners. There is a good introduction with some interesting history, followed by bullet point lists of common misconceptions and some definitions of what bonsai actually *is*. The following chapters give a good overview over tools & supplies, plant materials and how to choose for specific purposes, and good beginner friendly chapters on bonsai culture: repotting, styling, and maintenance. The book also contains useful appendices: FAQ, glossary, bibliography, and resources/links lists. The included resources are impressively comprehensive and include resources in most regions in the world, listed by continent/region. The resources include exhibitions and bonsai gardens which can be visited as well as retail suppliers.
I loved the color photos of gorgeous gorgeous bonsai in all their glory, showing a wide variety of species trained into both traditional and modern silhouettes. The included tutorial photos are easy to understand and are carefully positioned such that hands and tools aren't in the way of the "action". The photography is superlative. Worthwhile and inspirational. I was a little taken aback at the cover blurb suggesting that readers "bend the rules of traditional bonsai" but I needn't have worried. The book (and its authors) are knowledgeable and respectful of the ancient art.
Five stars. This would be a good choice for public or school library acquisition, garden groups, makers spaces, and for the home gardener's library.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
I pre-ordered this book as soon as I knew about it. Ive been watching Jerome and Mari on their youtube channel for years. They are very talented, fun to watch and they create beautiful stuff. This is a great book for beginners and experienced bonsai artists. Jerome really is a freestyles and this takes a lot of fear out of the process and lets you relax into to doing it YOUR way. Highly recommend this book and especially as a present to someone looking to start a new hobby.
4. Bonsai for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Learn How To Grow and Take Care of a Bonsai Tree For The First Time. Discover a Step-By-Step Process t
5. The Little Book of Bonsai: An Easy Guide to Caring for Your Bonsai Tree
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I was able to read this book over the Thanksgiving weekend. While it's The Little Book of Bonsai, it packs a lot of great information in by condensing topics down and strategic use of bulleted lists.
The aesthetics of the book are phenomenal! The things that make this book aesthetically pleasing to me are the soft colors and font selections. I love the tan pages at the front of the book with the white lettering, the white pages with grey lettering and the way the headings and body text are not only visually separated by font type, but also by size and color! I also love that the information is organized into bulleted lists.
This book is beautiful from cover to cover, which is exactly as it should be considering the subject. Bonsai is the horticulture and art in one.
The photos possess excellent lighting and color contrast and the subjects are superb. Teh trees pictured inthis book are amazing.
This book’s target audience is the beginner, and the author did a great job of not over complicating things. There is a great balance between writing content that was just enough to get a beginner started versus providing full on data dump!
Chapter I, Bonsai Style was excellent and covered these ideas really well. For example “finding the front” was really well laid out and the pictures provided are great.
Chapter II, Caring for Your Bonsai. The author did a great job covering the appropriate environment (tree placement) and how this affects watering frequency.
Chapter III, Tools and Techniques I like that the author identified two groups for the tools; Basic Tools and Beyond the Basic Tools. Pruning was good, but personally I would like to have seen a little more information regarding pruning on specific trees that would be common for a beginner. So, say a discussion on pruning junipers and then one on deciduous trees. Maybe a list of species that have die-back when pruned and how to account for that.
Identifying the branches to prune was great as well as the remainder of the topics in this chapter.
Chapter IV, Containers and Display Great! Good chapter, precise and to the point.
Chapter V, Appreciating Different Species I loved this chapter; eye candy and great bullet points. I really appreciated the “Key Feature To Develop” for each species. (I have some tabs in my book to reference back to.)
Chapter VI, Next Steps I’m so glad the author had this chapter in the book! This really provides a great conclusion to the book. Hopefully it spurs the reader to go further.
I really like this book and I would definitely recommend it for beginners, not only for the information, but also for the low cost/high value of this little wonder! I’m looking forward to your next book from this author!
My first book on Bonsai was written by a gentleman of Japan (sounds like lyrics from THE MIKADO). His phrasing made it hard to understand many points, and the few photos in the book were in black and white. This volume, on the other hand, speaks my language, is a bit longer, and has a lot more photos, and in color. I would suggest that if someone is going to write something to be published in another language than their own, they should make sure it is proofread by someone who can speak both languages fluently, and that they make sure, even if the book is meant to be inexpensive, that any photos are in color for a topic about trees and artistic endeavours. It is the 21st Century.
It's a beautifully compact book, the instructions are thorough and engaging with quality photos showing each step without a lot of fluff. I opened it just to skim through but was so engaged I couldn't put it down. Easy to read and uncomplicated. I love it, worth every penny.
6. The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Bonsai: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Creating, Growing, and Displaying Bonsai with Over 800 Photograp
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Reviews from Real Users
This book is an excellent addition to my bonsai library of 10 books or so. Starts with basic information and proceeds to more advanced information about bonsai, potting, pruning, selection of shrubs and trees, fertilizing, etc. I'm a long time bonsai enthusiast, but would not describe myself as an expert. I raise bonsai for fun. The book introduced me to trees and shrubs (Jade plant, for instance) that I never thought before could be cultivated as bonsai. Filled with beautiful photos of bonsai. Highly recommended whatever your level of expertise in bonsai.
Wow I was surprised when it arrived. It is absolutely beautiful. The photographs and quality of the pages is really nice. It is a book that I would leave out for others to enjoy not just for myself while I'm learning about Bonsai plants. It is my new Hobby with the Corono V. going on and we are spending so much time at home. I am retired so this was a perfect hobby to take on and am loving it. Minus the plants that I've killed already. Learned not to prune before a certain time of their growth and being patient with them.
A Cornucopia of Bonsai Wisdom
Most bonsai books have one or several major flaws.
1. They simplify the subject to the point of being insulting to the reader.
2. The book contains few or no color photographs.
3. The step-by-step process has major gaps.
4. The book is too short to be helpful.
5. The book is ambiguous about the subject as a whole.
Ken Norman approaches the subject of bonsai professionally. He presents the subject and technique of bonsai in a friendly step-by- step manner, and negotiates past common bonsai pitfalls with uncanny ability.
This book, so far, is the best bonsai book I've ever reviewed. It is a cornucopia of bonsai wisdom. With color photography next to the carefully documented techniques, there is little room for questioning the process. This book guides you with utter confidence and is truly invaluable.
The page and photography layout is reason alone to purchase this fine book. You can't pick up this book without examining the fine bonsai specimens contained within.
If you wish to save yourself hours of research and commentary by unknowledgeable authors and supposed experts this book belongs on your shelf.
8. Bonsai (101 Essential Tips)
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I purchased “101 Essential Tips Bonsai” book accompanied with this tool purchase. If interested in Bonsai and don’t know where to start; start with this inexpensive book. I purchased this book along with the “Pietydeko Plants Tool-21 pieces” Impressed with package presentation! Nicely soft plastic ziplock protection. Pulled out plastic bag with all contents accounted for. Small individual pieces wrapped in resealable packages (except brush-open top package). Durable and functional tools all around. First time purchase and use of these type of tools. Excited to try with my succulent gardens and small start to Bonsai.
Bonsai - 101 Essential Tips, won't be the only book I read on the subject, but it is great for a beginner to bonsai. It was only $5 at the time of purchase, and a very good value for that price.
This is the size of a pocket book rather than a full sized book. I wish that this had been even more in depth. Maybe that would discourage some people from the hobby though.
This was a concise overview and how to. It explained the history, why to do it, ways to get started building your collection of specimens ( grow from seed, grow from cuttings, collect from the wild, etc). It showed how to take cuttings, how to root them, how to do air layering, etc. It explained the different bonsai styles and included pictures of each. He listed attributes that give bonsai character - texture, bark, shape, taper, ...ways to give your piece that aged and graceful look. Then for each style it explained the tools used, plants, methods of achieving the styles, wiring, pots used, ways to display, and methods of collecting trees. There was a fair amount of attention given to root trimming and care. There was also a fertilizing and care/maintenance guide. Finally, it gave a list of about 20 trees that tend to work well for bonsai. Each explanation and each tree or plant explained had a color photo to accompany it.
It is surprising just how much information fit into such a small and short book. Harry is a man of few but well thought out words.
This would make a great addition to a gift set for someone wanting to get started with bonsai. It is encouraging, not condescending in any way, easy to follow, and makes it seem like with a bit of patience, even the beginner reading the book can achieve good results with the advanced methods presented (rooting on rocks was even completely shown/explained). I really think it gave about as much information as a much longer book simply because it was about the art and methods and was not filled with fluff and anecdotes.
It would not be something I would select for an intermediate to advanced bonsai hobbyist though. This book was not meant for that level of bonsai enthusiast.
I purchased "Bonsai (101 Essential Tips) to accompany the Bonsai tree I just gifted my son. He has been interested in the art of Bonsai for years but this is the first one of his own. The book arrived quickly, as is customary with Amazon Prime, but after opening the package, I was a little dismayed by its diminutive size. I wondered how this thin, 5" x 8" size, paperback book could contain enough information for a novice to get started growing Bonsai.
But as I thumbed through its pages I was pleasantly surprised to find a wealth of information on Bonsai and beautiful photographs on every page! The information is well organized and presented in a clear, concise manner with step-by-step photographic tutorials. It actually contains 101 tips including the history and art of Bonsai, suitable tree species, potting, cultivating, pruning and shaping your tree and the tools required and many more topics all found in the index at the back of the book.
"Bonsai (101 Essential Tips)" is truly a User's Guide and quick reference that every Bonsai novice must have. Will be interesting to hear my son's impression once I give him this amazing little book.
9. The Complete Book of Bonsai: A Practical Guide to Its Art and Cultivation
- Used Book in Good Condition
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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.
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!
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.
10. Fine Bonsai: Art & Nature
- Used Book in Good Condition
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This book is a tremendous tribute to both the art of photography and bonsai art. Being somewhat familiar with both these art forms, and having previously seen some of the bonsai in the past (through photos and in real life), I must say that the chiaroscuro effects in the photography reveal aspects of the various bonsai to their great advantage. The bonsai have been selected from Japan and the USA, and some of the trees are really famous specimens that bonsai lovers would be familiar with, except that they would probably not have seen it in this light before! And some of the pages of photos are lift-outs, allowing the viewer to extend the page and enjoy the specimen trees. The book is good also for the fact that it gives ample information (size, age, origin of pot and a bit of a write up to each tree) at the back of the book, plus a bonus sample of antique chinese bonsai pots. There is also some information on the location of the nurseries/collections from where the trees have been photographed. And a very good introduction to the history of bonsai is written by Mr. Valavanis. Both Singer and Valavanis need no introductions in their respective professions, but if anyone out there who wants an introduction to the talents of these two consumate professionals, as well as an introduction to both bonsai and photography, this is an indispensable book at a very affordable price for its quality. Buy without hesitation, and breathe in the beauty of bonsai through breath-taking photography. You won't regret it.
Because of AmaZon.com, I was able to purchase this AMAZING book of JONATHAN SINGER's rare worldwide Bonsai that have never been photographed before and Jonathan Singer's photography book Botanica Magnifica, . These are the most incredible photographs I have ever seen. In the last 10 years there have been such new developments in photograpy, these photographs are the result. please give yourself the pleasure of wonder and beauty. GO on line and check them out. I was amazed at the Fast delivery, Fine Bonsai was released for publication two days after I ordered. Arrival in perfect shape....dolores, phila.,pa.
Whether you are a bonsai enthusiest or not, the beauty of this book will amaze you. The photography is at the highest level. The bonsai themselves are a justified artform. No one has ever captured their beauty like this book. Buy it and be amazed.
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