Bonsai is an art form that is easy to learn but can take a lifetime to master.

This webpage aims to guide you at the beginning of your quest for bonsai knowledge by directing you to other webpages that will help you learn the basics of bonsai.

What is Bonsai?
We recommend that your first port of call is our Introduction to Bonsai, which will give you a basic overview of what bonsai is, it's benefits to the body, mind and soul and some of the species, styles and techniques that you will need to learn. Also, take a look at:

Bonsai Styles
This should be followed by our article on Bonsai Styles, which will explain in detail the styles, forms and shapes that you may wish to try for your first bonsai. Although it is recommended you start out withone of the established bonsai style, alternatively you may choose to develop your own unique style from the start - there is no right or wrong, there is only bonsai. Other useful articles include:

Bonsai Techniques
After deciding on a style, you will need to learn the various techniques that will turn your tree into a bonsai. Take a look at our overview of some of the various techniques that are crucial to the bonsai enthusiast. Other useful articles on this topic include:

Bonsai Wiring
One of the most important techniques to learn is that of wiring your bonsai to 'teach' its trunk and branches to grow in the way you desire. You can find other useful articles below:

Bonsai Pruning
Another important technique is that of pruning to remove the unwanted or undesirable elements. The following articles will help you lean this skill:

Bonsai Watering
Too much or too little water can be damaging to your bonsai. You can learn how to water your bonsai correctly in this article. Other interesting webpages related to bonsai watering include:

There is a lot of knowledge in the webpages above, however the most important aspect of bonsai is practice, practice, practice. You will learn much more from doing than from reading. Read a little, then practice a lot. Look at the bonsai of others and remember the parts that you find most desirable to implement in your own bonsai.

Finally, As you become more experienced, you may wish to look at Bonsai Gardening Secrets, which will help to improve the beauty of your bonsai.