Beginners Tutorials

  • Learn to create bonsai from any plant

  • Beginners guide to the use of bonsai tools and wire to style your trees.

  • Complete your bonsai design with the correct pot for your tree.

Make your own its not as hard as you think. I will take you through a step by step process that will help you create your own bonsai tree that will improve with age and start you off on this fascinating hobby.

Start at make a bonsai and follow the four links as a guide to help you select, style, wire and care for your new bonsai tree. Subscribe to our free newsletter for further information, tips and support.

Bonsai means tree in a pot, not a thousand year old tree but one that someone has taken time and an artists eye to style into a pleasing form, one that gives its beholder a sense of age or location, a connection between heaven and earth, a piece of themselves.

You are never too old to start bonsai.

'What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing' Aristotle(384-22bc)


Each step of the way will come with clear concise instructions that will give you the confidence to develop the tree you have chosen into a work of art.

Each section will show you the progress that could be expected using this Juniper as a demonstration.

Click on the picture to make a start, Good luck and have fun.

The basic instructions are also in the form of  an  E-book here. I will be adding to this as I get time.

I would love to see some pictures of your first bonsai, we could put them on the site to inspire others to take up this fascinating hobby



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