amfagan
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new to bonsai

Hi there,
I am very new to the Garden Forum and find this site to be extremely helpful, if not a little overwhelming with the amount of information available!

I am buying a bonsai as a gift and would love some advice. I am looking for a "hearty" bonsai tree and don't know where to begin. I also was wondering if anyone had good recommendations for a beginner book on bonsai. Lastly, I live in the NY area and was wondering if anyone knew of a reputable place to buy a bonsai tree in the tri-state area.

Thanks!!

Alyssa

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Gnome or Ynot will know, but apparently there is an excellent renown Bonsai shop around the NY area... at least somewhere in the state ;)

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amfagan

I have found "The Bonsai Workshop" by Herb L Gustafson to be helpful. ISBN 0-8069-0557-3

Also, "Bonsai Masterclass" by Peter Chan ISBN 0-8069-6763-3


[url]https://www.hollowcreekbonsai.com/[/url] Avon, NY

[url]https://www.rosadebonsai.com/[/url] Located in New Hope PA, very near Trenton NJ.

I'm sure there is another that escapes me at the moment.

Norm

EDIT: Ah, here it is.
[url]https://www.internationalbonsai.com/[/url] Rochester, NY

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Gnome wrote:[url]https://www.internationalbonsai.com/[/url] Rochester, NY
:shock: 15,000?? wow... and it sold - apparently.... nice trees -

about the price, it seems that if someone didn't know how to take care of bonsai, it might be foolish to spend that kind of money - however, if someone knew how to take care of bonsai, they wouldn't need to buy it because they'd make their own... hmmm... but I guess 30 years is 30 years...

https://www.internationalbonsai.com/catalog/bonsai.html

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alisios,

I should have reviewed the prices before posting that particular link. He has an excellent reputation but those trees are perhaps a bit of overkill for most hobbyists. Experienced artists do spend significant amounts of money on stock though.

Norm

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Where in Brooklyn do you live? Because there's a place called Brooklyn Bonsai on Bath Avenue. That's if you want to go look at some bonsai in person. I haven't bought trees form them before, but i have gotten pots form them, and their prices are reasonable. If you know what I'm talking about, i'll try to get more specific on where it is.

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Re: new to bonsai

amfagan wrote:Hi there,
I am very new to the Garden Forum and find this site to be extremely helpful, if not a little overwhelming with the amount of information available!
8)
I am buying a bonsai as a gift and would love some advice.
The BEST advice I could offer would be to insure that the gift recipient is interested/informed and\or willing to learn about bonsai.
Bonsai, like pets are not appropriate gifts to those unwilling to tend to their day to day requirements.
I also was wondering if anyone had good recommendations for a beginner book on bonsai.
There is a thread on the board about reccomended reading...However I could not find it quickly.

Sorry, Perhaps I will have more time to find it later.

A bookstore gift certificate [or online] would allow them to match the book to their particular corner of bonsai interests...

ynot

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