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Bonsai Landscapes Hardcover – December 31, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (December 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0706377672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0706377675
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Miniature gardens are becoming increasingly popular. Bonsai Landscapes reworks the enduring appeal of the bonsai to create whole mini-landscapes. The author, Peter Adams, has 40 years experience in bonsai design and growing and has created some of the bonsai held in the British National Collection.

The book is designed to take the enthusiast through the process of creating these landscapes. Adams begins by looking at the different examples of miniature landscapes, using plants including Japanese and trident maples, "Seiju" elm, and American larch. He includes some interesting examples from both well-known growers and amateurs, using plants from a variety of nurseries worldwide. All of the landscapes featured have been planted for a number of years. Adams gives the height and age of the plants as well as details of the container used so that you can recreate a similar effect.

The book begins with the basics, listing the tools and materials you will need to create your bonsai landscape. Adams considers the differences among accent plants that define the landscape, accessory plants that create surface texture, and rocks that are brought in to suggest cliffs and ravines. Soil type, container, and tools and sundries are all listed for a successfully completed project.

Adams goes on to offer advice on choosing and shaping plants and includes a glossary of the most commonly available bonsai plants and how they will work within a miniature landscape. The back of the book has a tree-care directory. Adams's methodical analysis of 13 projects, with accompanying line drawings and photographs, makes it easy for anyone to achieve this novel effect. --Karen Homer

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Bonsai, the art of growing a potted plant in miniature, is becoming increasingly popular. Adams, a leading bonsai expert, gives detailed instructions on creating 13 individual landscapes, including a 7-trunk Chinese juniper resting on a Japanese stone, a 9-tree grouping of elms, an 11-tree landscape-box evergreen, and a 5-trunk grouping of western hemlocks on a volcanic stone. Instructions list the components needed for each project, suggest methods of assembling the groupings, and give specific feeding and watering requirements. There are also chapters supplying general information on tools and materials, choosing and shaping plants, creating landscapes, and making a rock planter. Any reader with perserverance will be greatly rewarded with the results. Photographs by Bill Jordan, along with helpful drawings, are included George Cohen

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. R. SHEPHERD on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was terrific for me both as a beginner and to my friends, Who are long-time Bonsai enthusiasts. The wonderful photography made the reading very enjoyable and also illustrated the topics well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Bockman on January 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Peter Adams has achieved international stature as one of the finest bonsai practitioners alive. Classically trained as a studio artist at the Royal Academy of Arts, Mr. Adams essentially pioneered the art of bonsai in the UK in the 1950s. What distinguishes him both as a bonsai artist and author is his vast knowledge of horticulture combined with his grasp of bonsai aesthetics as expressed through Western art doctrines. His ability to communicate those two integral disciplines clearly and powerfully in his writing and drawing contributes to the value of his work.

Bonsai Landscapes is first and foremost a guide book. It is a reference from which bonsai enthusiasts can draw inspiration and salient information concerning the creation and maintenance of miniature landscapes. As is typical of Mr. Adams, the subjects are examined and discussed using the universal language of aesthetics rather than a culturally-oriented system of artistic ideals. When needed for emphasis or clarity, the author will of course make note of a certain form or composition that evokes an Eastern locale or style. However, he is just as likely to create the image of a British hedgerow or American rainforest when the material and potential allow.

Thirteen plantings of a wide variety of materials are reviewed by the author. A history of each planting is presented and consideration is given to the original artist's intent. Then the landscapes' forms are tuned and adjusted by Mr. Adams to create more harmonious designs. Mr. Adams' pen and ink sketches give a clear sense of the desired refinement for the future. Liberally sprinkled throughout the book, horticultural notes on the species used as well as viable design choice alternatives enrich the text.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By abdmutalib on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
nice arrangement with colourful pictures . easy diagrams with simple explanation . recommended for starters and pro .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Having been involved in bonsai for about 20 yrs and especially like forests & groves, I feeel that Peter's book is one of the two best on the topic. It is imformative, the photographs are excellent, and he gives you step-by-step details for serveral different projects as shown in the book. This, as well as any other of Peter's books, is a must for a bonsai library.
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This is one book any bonsai enthusiast must own. If one cannot put together such works, admiring these can be very rewarding.
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