Colin Lewis - Bonsai Basics - Octopus

Bonsai Basics

By Colin Lewis

  • Paperback
  • £5.99

The 2005 Pyramid Bonsai Basics sold over 55, 500 copies Each year, many thousands of Bonsai trees are imported from either China, Japan and other Far-Eastern countries to satisfy the gift market. In the UK there are many clubs and nurseries dedicated to Bonsai offering classes and workshops for a growing number of enthusiasts.

The New Pyramid Bonsai Basics explains in detail all the techniques needed to keep a bonsai alive and in good shape. Clear text and step-by-step illustrations ensure that even the most nervous newcomer can approach looking after bonsai with confidence. Filled with over 120 specially commissioned photographs and illustrations, the New Pyramid Bonsai Basics is an extensive directory of both indoor and outdoor trees and their characteristics.

Biographical Notes

Colin Lewis is a respected bonsai expert who has studied bonsai in Japan, has written a number of books including Bonsai Survival Manual and Practical Bonsai and regularly demonstrates bonsai techniques.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780600619109
  • Publication date: 03 Nov 2008
  • Page count: 128
  • Imprint: Hamlyn
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