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From keshiki to concrete: 3 gift ideas for the garden crafter

by Timber Press on December 4, 2012

in Craft

One of the many miniature landscape projects in Keshiki Bonsai.


Keshiki Bonsai
Kenji Kobayashi
What comes to mind when you hear the word bonsai? That of the long-suffering gardener tending an itty-bitty tree meant for a lonesome room somewhere? While traditional bonsai can be time consuming, complicated, and expensive, keshiki bonsai is just the opposite. Inspired by bonsai’s power to evoke the larger natural world, Kenji Kobayashi created a new form of bonsai for those with limited time and space. In Keshiki Bonsai, Kenji details this modern approach with 37 stylish projects that show how easy it is to conjure nature in all its grandeur. Even in the tiniest containers.



Terrarium Craft
Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant
Perhaps you thought terrariums went out with macrame and avocado-green kitchen appliances? Not so. They are alive and well and Terrarium Craft proves it. Authors Aiello and Bryant give readers all of the instructions needed to create magical, miniature worlds. Whether it be a tiny rainforest, desert, or fernery, terrariums can form any mood or look, and yes, they’ll even go with the macrame owl and avocado-colored refrigerator.


Concrete Garden Projects
Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson
Concrete is underrated. Underrated as far as garden décor materials go, that is. Just ask authors Nilsson and Arvidsson. Its potential will surprise you, they write. The rough texture compliments garden greenery while rain and wind soften it and encourages moss to grow. It’s also durable, inexpensive, and easy to work with. It can be used to create beautiful accents of many kinds for any type of garden. From flower pots to stepping stones, from birdbaths to outdoor barbeques, the possibilities truly are endless. Concrete Garden Projects features a yard full of projects to help readers turn this somber, hard-working material into cheerful garden gems.

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