A specialist gives instructions on bonsa (miniature living tree (shrub or vine) grown in a shallow plant container) and bonke (miniature gardens) adapting the painstaking, tedious Japanese methods to easier, quicker, simplified techniques to suit American ideas and tastes and patience (lack of). Types of planting material are described so that choice can be made from evergreens, deciduous or flowering trees; next come containers so that the setting and the plants will be in harmony; then come the techniques of root pruning, pinching tips and buds, training the trunk and branches -- after the preparation of the soil and planting procedures. Composition is stressed so that the dwarfed trees will form part of a landscape, and the householder about to embark on this recently popular gardening form is never allowed to forget the continuous care needed to be successful. The author's own photographs (over 300) illustrate not only the points of the text but the range of possibilities within this field. Definitely a garden club project book and a step-by-step guide for starting enthusiasts.