Fun with Arranging Small Trees and Plants
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WHAT exactly is "pop
bonsai"? It's bonsai like you've never seen it before - a freestyle
version in fun containers that reflects the author's breakaway approach
to this ancient art.
Flick through the pages
of Pop Bonsai and you can't help but be inspired by the quirky
designs within - a ball of moss on an aluminium can, a miniature
rose in a ceramic dish, a tiny garden in an egg cup. For this author
you get the impression that simply buying a plant and displaying
it is sacrilegious.
"Ten different people
will create ten different pop bonsai and display them in at least
ten different ways. You too should use your imagination to experiment."
To begin with, Tajima
explains the structure of plants and how each plant part functions.
She doesn't do this simply to crow about her extensive knowledge
- rather to explain what the effects of snipping and shaping will
have on your plant and how different plants grow. She goes on to
explain the basics of bonsai (which branches to prune and which
to leave), the significance of choosing the right materials (soils
or sphagnum moss, for example) and showcases the tools of the trade.
Then come the delightful displays of this unique craft, beautifully
presented in colour and black and white.
Pop Bonsai is
an engaging book for the crafts-minded and those seeking another
dimension to gardening. It's well set out, easy to follow and lots
Gardener, Issue 152, 2004, Page 22
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH