Learn the ins and outs of bonsai from a passionate professional who has practised the art for over 40 years. This beautiful book by Rudi Adam not only guides newcomers in the cultivation of bonsai trees but also provides insights and inspiration for the more experienced.
Supplemented by excellent drawings by a bonsai grower and informative step-by-step photographs for special techniques, the book is brimful of information and practical advice. The magnificent photographs have been taken over four seasons and show the trees in all their splendour. With detailed, informative captions, every image is not only a visual inspiration, but in itself a further learning opportunity. In addition to cultivation techniques, expert advice on tree selection, soil types, watering and training the trees there is also an extensive species guide with detailed information on growing and maintenance.
This book will help you master bonsai and teach you the rules so that you can apply them or successfully break them in your endeavour to excel at the art.
Rudi Adam is an acknowledged and widely respected bonsai expert. He first started bonsai in 1970 when he joined the Cape Bonsai Kai. His first tutor was the late Bernard Coetzee, founder of most Cape-based bonsai clubs.
In 1976 Rudi started a place of learning as well as a nursery. At first his main objective was just to teach others the art of bonsai and to find an outlet for the trees created during classes and workshop sessions. But over the years Rudi, together with his wife Pat, developed this into a full-time bonsai nursery offering what any bonsai enthusiast may require: starter plants, semi-developed bonsai, fully fledged mature bonsai and everything that goes with that. But most importantly, the nursery has become a centre of knowledge that develops new talent and offers support and information to bonsai enthusiasts – amateurs and experts alike.
Aside from authoring the book Bonsai in South Africa and various training guides for his classes and workshops, Rudi has been a regular speaker at South African bonsai conventions and bonsai clubs. Over the past decade alone he has accumulated some 90 awards for his trees at various exhibitions. His trees have also been used as material in the books of many other authors (both local and foreign) on bonsai.
Over the years, Rudi has built up a collection of hundreds of trees, many of which can be seen in this book. And if you happen to visit Cape Town, they can be seen at the Olive Grove Bonsai Nursery.
260 x 210mm, hardcover.