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Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes

Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, expensive, and steeped in history and tradition. But at its most simple, it’s really just planting done in a tray or container.

Keshiki bonsai is a revolutionary approach that involves creating living pieces of art using readily available plants and containers. This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. The projects start simple, with five designs that feature moss combined with unique containers. Readers then move on to six designs combining moss, small trees, and containers. The next ten projects add perennials to the mix, and the final ten projects have it all: moss, trees, perennials, and stones. Each project is made with a wide variety of containers, from the most delicate, artisan clay to a repurposed ramekin and a simple box.

Previously, the techniques, tips, and insights of keshiki bonsai were available only to Japanese enthusiasts. Now, for the first time, Western readers can join in creating these miniature masterpieces. Learn how a garden, a forest, or even a stream can come to life within the bounds of a small container.

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3 comments to Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes

  • Wynne

    Needed more information This book provided more examples than needed for plain moss containers (one would have been enough), but skimped on details when the more complicated plants were covered. For example, I was disappointed that the need of most conifers to experience a cold, dormant period was not mentioned. You can follow the author’s advice to make your small treasures, but keeping them alive is another problem entirely, and I feel he didn’t say enough about the needs of plants cultivated indoors. Still, it gives plenty of creative ideas; just don’t use it as your only resource.

  • Desert Rat "Mike"

    Awesome Take on New Style This is a great book on a different type of Bonsai. It is well written; photos are very good; directions and resources are excellent.This is a must-have book for the Bonsai Enthusiast.

  • Colleen

    A good intro to Keshiki Bonsai. The book was very interesting and I will be making a garden. I was expecting a little more in the way of training the plants but that is not really was Keshiki Bonsai is about. Glad I got it.

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