Bonsai are ornate, exquisitely formed trees; they are not merely plants but elaborate works of art. "The Essential Bonsai" is packed with projects on how to grow and care for these miniature trees. Practical advice on how to start a bonsai from seed or from cuttings is given as well as detailed steps on how to prune and shape different tree types. A wealth of help and advice is also offered on how to care for your trees through the seasons and what tools and materials to work with. Since an essential part of the art of bonsai is display and presentation, there is expert advice on what pots and containers should be used, and which stands the pots should be placed on. With its accessible, step-by-step format, this book provides you with all the information you need to master this intriguing stimulating and spiritually satisfying creative art.