Complete Illustrated Guide to Japanese Gardening and Bonsai: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Japan (BOK)
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Japanese gardening and bonsai are horticultural disciplines where natural elements are formed for visual effect. Part one looks at the history, inspiration and method of Japanese gardening, and introduces the five styles. Chapters covering the classic features include step-by-step sequences such as moving rocks and boulders and making a dry waterfall. 15 projects show how to form the basis of the five garden styles, followed by a plant directory. Part two looks at the growth of trees and shrubs in miniature. Find the best bonsai forms, the importance of size and display and admire a gallery of over 40 specimens. Techniques include shoot pinching and shaping by wiring and advanced skills such as creating sharimiki. 15 popular shapes are demonstrated, from formal upright to twisted trunk. A directory lists species for indoor and outdoor use and advice on maintenance. Illustrated with over 1500 step-by-step photographs and arworks of international gardens and bonsai specimens, this book will give you inspired ideas and the practical expertise to master both these horticultural arts.