"A thoroughly illustrated reference that will captivate and educate newcomers to the art...a wealth of personal insights accompanied by illustrations that are refreshing in their clarity and in the depth of the accompanying explanations."--Bonsai Online. If beautiful bonsai have caught your eye, but you've felt too intimidated to start cultivating your own, then welcome to this wonderful pastime. Start enjoying this fascinating hobby with a complete guide to every aspect of the art, from selecting suitable plants for your climate, through healthcare, styling, potting, and troubleshooting, to long-term development. Illustrated with the author's own photographs of varieties popular throughout the world, and accompanied by charts and drawings, it includes case studies that take you through important techniques, one by one. A special chapter, "The Bonsai School," examines pruning and development methods in detail, and provides species information on the major bonsai types. You'll uncover basic information on rock planting, elms, white pines, maples, informal and informal uprights, using nursery trees for bonsai, correcting design and growth, styling with a mature tree, and so much more.Craig Coussins is the author of 'Bonsai for Beginners', published 2002 under ISBN 9780806974408 and ISBN 0806974400.