Niwaki Book Cover Niwaki
Jake Hobson
Gardening
Timber Press (OR)
2007
144

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.

Purchase (Your Amazon purchase from this link benefits Japanese Gardening Organization):
Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

 

From Jando:

For all of you out there wanting to learn to prune in the Japanese style, this book is a must have.  Jake not only explains, in language you can easily understand, how to prune but also, in the beginning chapters, gives you insight into the essence of a Japanese Garden.  This information will help you understand what you want to accomplish designing your garden.

This book is a must have for anyone just starting or like me trying to grasp the insight to make our gardens have that essence only a Japanese Garden can evoke.

Run out and get Jake’s book today, you won’t be sorry and it will save you a lot of frustration.  I have bought many books hoping they would give me the information I needed to create a garden in the Japanese style.  Jake’s book has given me much information I was missing and a new insight into the Japanese Gardens.  (and no I am not getting a kick back from Jake!)

For all of you who ask about plants to give your garden a Japanese feel, it’s not the plants you use it is what you do with them, as you will find out after reading Jake’s book.

Many members have recommended this book and it is why I purchased it, but I felt his book needed a post of its own.  Let me know what you thought of it after you have read it.  It really was an eye opener for me.

WOW! Jake you hit a home run in my book!

 

Purchase (Your Amazon purchase from this link benefits Japanese Gardening Organization):
Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

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