Happy Bonsai: Choose It

Happy Bonsai by Michael Tran

$20.00 Inc GST

Demystifies bonsai with step-by-step techniques and care profiles for 40 trees.

Anyone can become a bonsai artist. This book will show you how, through care profiles for 40 top trees and illustrated demonstrations of more than 20 bonsai techniques and styles. Select the right tree, learn how to keep it thriving, and shape your bonsai into a beautiful living sculpture.

Do you know what a "nebari" is? Can you tell a raft display from a forest group? When is the right time to prune? How do you create a windswept look? Happy Bonsai has all the answers.

Each tree profile provides easy-to-follow growing information, with day-to-day and seasonal care advice, along with ideas and tips for how to shape. Specialist techniques – such as repotting, wire training, defoliating, and root and branch pruning – are explained with illustrations. Techniques are then put into practice with demonstrations of how to achieve the main bonsai styles, from an informal upright tree to a forest group or root-over-rock.

Making bonsai accessible to everyone, Happy Bonsai will help you fall in love with this meditative garden craft.

About the Author: Michael Tran has practised bonsai for over 13 years, studying under senior bonsai masters in Europe and Japan. In 2009 he established the Minoru Bonsai tree nursery near Heidelberg, Germany, where he also teaches bonsai courses. He is the founder and organiser of the annual Generation Bonsai festival.


Additional information



Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Date of Publication

05 Mar 2020

Happy Bonsai: Choose It, Shape It, Love It by Michael Tran ISBN 9780241412381

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