Some of the bonsai books on this page are recommendations enjoyed over the years, others are new and exciting contributions.
Giving a bonsai tree (even to a bonsai person) may not be a good idea. However, a good book, that's a great idea!
is not a how-to book. The photographs of bonsai, people and places are unbelievably powerful and wording is beautifully done. Highly recommended as a gift for anyone who enjoys the visual arts. Available in soft cover and hardback.
When you see a book that seems too pricey, there may be a used copy available! Used books can be terrific bargains ... if you don’t mind a spot on the cover, a couple of turned down pages or just a “little worn” look.
These are probably the most important plant reference books I own. Originally these books were published as hard back and ran about $100. Today, they are a bargain and often available "used." If you are a garden writer (including bonsai) Hortus is a must.
Don't miss the 'Index of Common Names' consisting of over 10,000
entries and the Glossary of Botanical Terms including a page of leaf
illustrations. No excuse not to know what a connate-perfoliate leaf looks like! (Just in case you would ever need to know.)
"The Biology of Trees Native to Tropical Florida" If tropical plants are your interest, the botanical illustrations by Priscilla Fawcett are clear and close-up! The title is a bit of a misnomer because there are more than 'natives' included, which is a good thing. Click on picture.
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