Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

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Timber Press, 2007 - Gardening - 144 pages
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Over the years, Japanese gardeners have fine-tuned a distinctive set of pruning techniques that coax out the essential characters of their garden trees, or niwaki. In this highly practical book, Western gardeners are encouraged to draw upon the techniques and sculpt their own garden trees to unique effect. After first discussing the principles that underpin the techniques, the author offers in-depth guidelines for shaping pines, azaleas, conifers, broadleaved evergreens, bamboos and deciduous trees. Throughout the text, step-by-step illustrations accompany the instructions, while abundant photographs and anecdotes bring the ideas surrounding niwaki vividly to life.

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

very time consuming to prune a tree to look casually windswept and interestingly natural Read full review

Review: Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

User Review  - Ruhegeist - Goodreads

Having a hard time getting into this book. The beginning history is largely taken from better books I've already read. Since I've moved on to other books and not picked this one up for some time, I'm moving it to my to-read list. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Jake Hobson draws upon years of experience with Japanese gardens and landscaping. He spent a year at a nursery in Osaka, and in 2004 started his own business--Niwaki, Japanese Garden Tools. A keen observer of the artistry of gardens, Jake recieved his bachelor's degree in sculpture. He lives in the UK.

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