This book has it all.
"With 288 color pages, Liang's is one of the best [books on the subject]. Her book includes a breath-taking photo gallery of bonsai, basic styles, group planting, plant physiology, cultivation, propagation, transplanting and repotting, and training and dwarfing--in other words, everything the bonsai grower needs to know."--Booklist
Cultivating bonsai is a fine art, and this extravagantly produced volume, filled with hundreds upon hundreds of lavish full-color photographs, showcases the very best and most beautiful specimens. Many of the trees have won international awards, were gifts bestowed by heads of state, and have been featured in TV documentaries. Some have even been the subjects of a commemorative stamp series. Professor Amy Liang, a world-famous leader in the field, surveys the history of bonsai in its many schools and styles, and offers practical techniques and highly detailed instructions for those who want to shape and nurture their own trees. The remarkable images display dazzling miniature evergreens, flowering and fruited trees, and their foliage.
Belying the association of bonsai with Japan, the art originated in China. Liang, who has taught (Seattle Pacific U.) and lectured in the US, has pursued bonsai for 20 years and here presents a dazzling gallery of her own (huge) collection with extensive comment upon the art, its history, styles, and the cultivation and training of specimens. Hundreds of photos, drawings and paintings support the text. No bibliography. A lovely, utilitarian book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)