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Bonsai Culture

Leila Dhanda (Author)
Synopsis The age-old Japanese art of dwarfing and shaping trees in shallow pots, bonsai, has come to India very recently. It is a subject not formerly practiced much here, and therefore is, only now being described in book form. So far, the guiding literature available to the enthusiastic beginner has been mainly books written abroad, dealing with flora and climatic conditions quite alien to ours. There has, therefore, been a crying need for a book based entirely on Indian conditions for the benefit of the Indian reader. Bonsai Culture has been written from Leila Dhanda’s personal experience of growing bonsai in India over a number of years, and has entailed experimentation and research in the subject. The book is a lucid step by step guide to the prospective grower of bonsai. The various methods of starting this hobby, and suitable plans for making bonsai are given. The styles in which trees may be grown; the properties and values of soils; suitable containers, accessories and tools required are described. The techniques of pruning and trimming; ‘shaping’ and ‘potting’ ; and details of daily care and maintenance which are very vital for the bonsai culturist, have been clearly explained. This book is a boon to the beginner and equally rewarding to the more experienced reader. In the 3 edition a lot of new additions of text & photographs in black & white & colour have been done, the new edition is much more exhaustive than the earlier ones.
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About the author

Leila Dhanda

Dr. Leila Dhanda was born in Padiham, England, where she had her primary educatioin before coming to India at the age of 15. She completed her studies in medicine at the King Edward Medical College, Lahore and thereafter returned to England for a short post-graduation course at London University. Her keen horticultural interest and an article on bonsai which she happened to read 30 years ago inspired Leila Dhanda to adopt bonsai culture alongside her profession as a pathologist. She arranged to get a book from Japan which was her basic guide. Over the years she has developed a large number of bonsai and has been demonstrating the art to various societies. The author is a pioneer, combining horticultural knowledge with the sensitivity of an artist. The knowledge she shares is based on experimentatioin and considerable experience. Leila Dhanda has written numerous articles on bonsai culture, and has been teaching groups of students for a number of years.

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Bibliographic information

Title Bonsai Culture
Author Leila Dhanda
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition Revised 3rd ed.
Publisher Associated Artists
Language: English
length 198p., Figures; Col. plates; Index; 29cm.