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Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Asian Reporter
"While Niwaki definitely has what it takes to impress serious garden nerds, there’s also plenty here for the rest of us … Niwaki is [Hobson’s] first book; let’s hope it’s not his last."
From the Publisher
"While Niwaki definitely has what it takes to impress serious garden nerds, there’s also plenty here for the rest of us … Niwaki is [Hobson’s] first book; let’s hope it’s not his last."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928358
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 463,313
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.69 (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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Table of Contents


Preface     7
What Are Niwaki?     9
Garden Elements     12
The Roots of Niwaki     24
Principles and Techniques     45
Pines     62
Azaleas and Karikomi     76
Conifers     85
Broadleaved Evergreens     101
Deciduous Trees     108
Bamboo and other Plants     119
Behind the Scenes at Japan's Nurseries     125
Japanese-English Plant Names     136
Glossary of Japanese Terms     138
References     140
Index     141
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