The Art of Creative Pruning: Inventive Ideas for Training and Shaping Trees and Shrubs

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Timber Press, Oct 25, 2012 - Gardening - 200 pages
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Nothing brings a touch of artistry to the garden like ornamental pruning, and a series of deliberate cuts can create landscapes and evoke faraway places. All that's needed to recreate the effect in the garden are a sharp pair of pruners, some imagination, and the instruction found in The Art of Creative Pruning. Drawing on both eastern and western styles, author Jake Hobson moves beyond the traditional lollipops and animals and teaches a wholly new approach to ornamental pruning that appeals to modern sensibilities.

Picture boxwoods trimmed into whimsical Russian nesting dolls, hedges inscribed with words, and a tree snipped to resemble the toppling tiers of a wedding cake. These are just a few of the unusual ideas featured in the beautifully photographed pages. All the practical considerations are here as well, including pruning to improve a view, remedial pruning to fix problems, and pruning fruit trees to increase yield.

 

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Contents

On Rock and Roll Pruning and Love
7
Topiary and Shaping
11
Cloud Pruning and Organic Topiary
49
Hedges
73
Niwaki and the Eastern Influence
101
Decorative Tree Pruning
141
Creative Pruning Close to Home
173
CONCLUSION
193
References
195
Acknowledgements
197
Index
198
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About the author (2012)

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, which distributes Japanese garden tools. A keen observer of the artistry of gardens, Hobson recieved his bachelor's degree in sculpture. He lives in the UK.

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