When we started bonsai a new bonsai book was a rare and thrilling find. Today many books are easily available to those starting bonsai or those who are more advanced, and new ones are constantly coming out.We have tried to pick a few that we consider the most useful.
- For Beginners
- " Bonsai Culture"—
This is the book we began with. It has a lot of information about Indian trees and how to grow them in Indian conditions. Available through the Indian Bonsai Association, New Delhi.
- "The Japanese Art of Miniature Trees and Landscapes"— Yoshimura and Halford.
A classic. Every bonsai enthusiast has to have a copy. Difficult to find however.
- Intermediate and Advanced
- "The Art of Bonsai" — Peter Adams
Another classic. A perfect melding of design and technique.
- "Bonsai Techniques I and II"— John Naka
Notes and drawings from the master.Great inspiration.
- "Ficus: The Exotic Bonsai"— Jerry Meislik
A comprehensive guide to ficus species with advanced techniques included.
- "Bonsai: Its Art, Science, History & Philosophy"— Deborah Koreshoff
Very comprehensive on all aspects of bonsai. A must have.
- "Vision of My Soul"— Robert Steven
A beautifully presented book by a master artist.
- "The Bonsai Art of Kimura"— Masahiko Kimura
Kimura's sculptural bonsai and detailed techniques illustrate the magic of the master.
- "Classic Bonsai of Japan"
A glorious album of photographs showing the most important bonsai in Japan.
- "Penjing: Worlds of Wonderment"— Qingquan Zhao
Hundreds of inspiring photos illustrating the Chinese art of miniature landscapes or Penjing.
Bonsai is thriving on the net. There are so many sites for learning, interacting and seeking inspiration from.Here is a small selection of useful ones, but we would advice you to explore,and explore again.
- Indian Bonsai Association
This is the home of the Delhi Bonsai Association.Could be updated more frequently, but useful nevertheless.
- Internet Bonsai Club
You are sure to put this in your favourites to visit again and again.Galleries,articles and a good list of links.
- Tropical Bonsai
Gallery of tropical trees, forums, online magazine.
- Bonsai in Asia Guide book
A great resource for bonsai related information all over Asia.
Several nurseries in and around Delhi offer suitable material. Look in the nurseries on the eastern edge of the Yamuna. Contact Manoj ph.9899743883 for good pre-bonsai trees.
Good pots have always been hard to come by.The best ones are made by Mr.B.R. Pandit at B. R. Pandit Studio, Pottery Kalakar Niwas, Panchal Udhyog Nagar, Goddev Phatak Road, Bhayandar (E), Dist: Thane (Maharashtra)-401105.Ph:8194811. A Delhi outlet for Mr. Pandit's pots can be founds at Sarmans in Chiragh Delhi market.
- Bonsai Magazine
- Bonsai Focus—
Undoubtedly the best bonsai magazine in the English Language,although delivery can be unreliable. Visit www.bonsaifocus.com