Book Reviews

The Art of Creative Pruning

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Decorative tree pruning brings innovation and artistry to gardens. It has something for all tastes, including sophisticated sculptural trees, modernist bumpy hedges, boxwood balls and lollipops. Author Jake Hobson outlines an approach to topiary that is more creative than traditional and positively encourages out-of-the box thinking. Instead of peacocks and …

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Life and works of Dan Robinson

Two Titans by Jason Gamby

Two months ago I was asked to review a book ‘Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees’ about the life and works of a great American Bonsai pioneer, ‘Dan Robinson’. Normally I can write copy fairly quickly, but this book stumped me (excuse the pun). Dan Robinson is not just a Bonsai master, he is …

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Bonsai Inspiration

When it comes to bonsai books I am a great fan of practicalities and inspiring ideas. Their is nothing as bad as buying a book that you don’t feel like lifting up, one that gathers dust and ends up in the collection of possible recyclables. Yes I have bought those …

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Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees

As you read this book you can feel the emotion of understanding, an understanding that bonds the ‘Author to the Artist‘. From the moment that Will and Dan first met, when Dan explained to Will the true pronunciation of the word Bonsai, as Bone-sigh and not Bonzai (The karate kid …

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