The Art of Creative Pruning

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Drawing on both eastern and western styles, author Jake Hobson moves beyond traditional topiary lollipops and animals and teaches a wholly-new approach to ornamental pruning.

Nothing brings a touch of artistry to the garden like ornamental pruning. All that’s needed to evoke faraway places in the garden are a sharp pair of pruners, some imagination, and the instruction found in The Art of Creative Pruning.

About Jake Hobson:  Jake honed his Japanese pruning techniques while working in a nursery in Osaka, Japan before adapting them in his pruning business in West Sussex, England. His business "Niwaki" introduced me to Japanese pruning tools and and ladders, and his influence is largely responsible for me starting Gardener's Kit!

Japanese gardeners have fine-tuned a distinctive set of pruning techniques meant to coax out the essential characters of their garden trees, or "niwaki".

In Jake's own words:

"Niwaki means 'garden tree'. Not very exciting, but it implies far more than that. Japanese gardens are landscapes, microcosms of nature, and the trees are all shaped to fit into those landscapes - there's an awful lot of artistry and cultural baggage in there too."

Product Details

  • 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.9" (263 x 224 x 22mm)
  • 2.5lbs (1.14kg)