Keshiki Bonsai. likes. Kenji Kobayashi’s new book on his revolutionary keshiki bonsai style, the next trend in indoor gardening. Following my first attempt at bonsai (rest in peace little cotoneaster—I was young and eager!) I decided to read some books and educate myself. More senseless. Keshiki bonsai is a new style of bonsai developed by Japanese “green designer” Kenji Kobayashi. It is his belief that bonsai need to be freed.

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Decorating the top of a weathered chest, the arrangement transforms the interior of the room with an evocative accent. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Worth a gander, if only to dream Subscribe to our RSS feed. The projects start simple, with five designs that feature moss combined with unique containers. Keshiki bonsai is about taking inspiration from a natural scene and creating a living piece of art using easily availabl Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, and expensive.

Hold the stone with your fingers so that it does not move as you add soil. Fill in the bare spots with Kurama sand as a decorative topdressing.

It is easiest to do this while turning the container.

Totally prohibitive projects unless you live near a bonsai store, though. This site uses cookies.

May 02, Lucy rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. One gets a nice feel for his enchanting personal landscape, a sort of bonsai gestalt that may inspire many more trees to be grown in Brooklyn.


Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes from Timber Press

Previously, the techniques, tips, and insights of keshiki bonsai were available only to Japanese enthusiasts. I didn’t find any of the ideas to be particularly original- mostly just buying a plant and putting it in a small pot.

Alyssa Colyette rated it liked it Aug 09, This book is so inspiring–I want to make all the bonsai! This book seems to make bonsai doable for the average gardener. Trivia About Keshiki Bonsai: Remove the pine from its nursery pot and clean away soil from the surface and roots with tweezers. Coloration also varies from white to brown to black; experiment with the shade to create the mood you are after. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It’s not an easy thing to do well, and getting involved is usually a process of being intimidated.

Sep 01, Curt rated it it was ok. Oct 10, Lori rated it liked it. Interesting mini landscapes you can apparently make yourself but be prepared for some start-up costs, the supplies aren’t going to be cheap.

This is an awesome book.

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Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes

It’s more an instructional for specific arrangements, and less information about bonsai and horticulture ksehiki general, but a nice, and well-designed book. I used a ceramic bowl from Sprout Home as my container and drilled a hole in the bottom as bonsai need good drainagea Japanese maple from Wee Tree Farm and a collection of different mosses given to me by my friend Julia.


It’s really accessible and does exactly what he says – the whole bonsai bonsa is complicated and full of rules.

Christie rated it liked it Nov 27, Nice pictures, but the supplies seem difficult to find outside of Japan. Readers then move on to six designs combining moss, small trees, and containers.

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Each project is made with a wide variety of containers, from the most delicate, artisan clay pot to a repurposed ramekin and a simple box. Learn how a garden, a forest, or even a stream can come to life within the bounds of a small container. R Sasidharan Nair rated it really liked it Aug 27, New York Times Book Review.

Some useful bits of information about plants, as well as some good ideas for small planters. Perfect for city bojsai living in small spaces or anyone with kehiki free time, this modern style of bonsai captures the larger natural world, in miniature and for only a moment or two of care each day.

To position the stone to best effect, first turn it so you can ksshiki all its different surfaces and then position it on the soil so that it shows the side you decide is best. This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with easy, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow.