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

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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...

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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“This coffee-table book exceeds expectations with how-to diagrams, tips on maintenance and tools and list of references accompanying genuinely breath-taking full-color photos.”
Cuttings
“This coffee-table book exceeds expectations with how-to diagrams, tips on maintenance and tools and list of references accompanying genuinely breath-taking full-color photos.”
Connecticut Horticulture Society Newsletter
“A wonderful new book that takes a fun, creative and interesting look at the world of pruning.”
Connecticut Horticulture Society Newsletter - Karla Dalley
"For fabulous ideas and late-winter inspiration, especially as we venture into our gardens wielding shears and pole pruners, Hobson's book is just the ticket."
From the Publisher
"For fabulous ideas and late-winter inspiration, especially as we venture into our gardens wielding shears and pole pruners, Hobson's book is just the ticket."
Library Journal
For UK-based Hobson, there is more to pruning than cropping trees and shrubs into different shapes; effective pruning creates memorable landscapes. Using examples from Europe, Asia, and the United States, he explores the various methods of shaping trees and shrubs including topiary, cloud pruning, and niwaki (Hobson studied Japanese nursery methods in Japan). While the focus of the book is more the philosophy behind these different pruning methods, Hobson includes practical tips on how to achieve the results. VERDICT Libraries already well stocked with titles such as Christopher Brickell and David Joyce's The American Horticultural Society Pruning & Training or Lewis Hill and Penelope O'Sullivan's The Pruning Answer Book will find Hobson's gorgeously illustrated, more philosophical book a good counterpart to those more nuts-and-bolts guides. Written with passion, verve, and a dash of dry wit, this title will inspire any gardener who wants to understand the how and why of creative pruning before picking up the shears and hacking off branches.—John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691146
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 294,350
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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