Jake Hobson Topiary in Specialist, Outdoor Spaces. is equally happy referring to it as ‘organic topiary’ – his own interpretation of the Japanese art of niwaki. Niwaki, by Jake Hobson. Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way. Hardcover with pages. color photos, 46 drawings and 2 maps. jakehobson fusion of cloud pruning and more deliberate Japanese niwaki-style pruning, inspired as much How to shorten the Niwaki Belt to fit – Niwaki.

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Feb 01, Raven rated it really liked it. The clear diagrams of pruning and regrowth over years were particularly helpful in that department; I feel a little more confident that I have not been making some 50 year mistakes in my clippings, haha. Jake Hobson draws upon experience with Japanese gardens and landscaping having spent two years working at a traditional nursery in the countryside outside of Osaka, Japan.

Easily the best book in English on this pristine type of pruning. The author began his career in Niwaki from the perspective of an artist which brings freshness to this gardening book viewing trees for shape and form rather than as horticultural subjects, and introduces the Japanese reverence for the natural world.

Seth Ford rated it it was amazing Jun 17, Niwaki is [Hobson’s] first book; let’s hope it’s not his last. Creating a Japanese garden is not just a matter of design and use of prescribed plant Niwaki is a fascinating look at the techniques of Japanese gardening in a manner that can be adapted to all gardens.

NK rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Throughout the text, step-by-step illustrations accompany the instructions, while abundant photographs and anecdotes bring the ideas surrounding niwaki vividly to life. In this highly practical book, Western gardeners are encouraged to draw upon the techniques and sculpt their own garden trees to unique effect.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nathanael rated it really liked it Apr 09, After discussing the principles that underpin the techniques, the author offers in-depth guidelines for shaping pines, azaleas, conifers, broadleaved evergreens, bamboos, and deciduous trees.

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Media hobsob “Of as much interest as the practical cutting points are the bits of history and lore woven into the chapters that stress the spiritual underpinnings of this ancient art.

Hardcoverpages. Carrie rated it really liked it Dec 29, I do not easily rate a book 5 stars. Scott Brown rated it it was amazing Feb 25, To ask other readers questions about Niwakiplease sign up.

See other online stores. After first discussing the principles that underpin the techniques, 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.

Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way from Timber Press

Trees and particular hiwaki of pruning to shape them to particular forms are described succulently with the use of excellent photographs and line drawings. As Bonsai is to cultivating trees in containers, Niwaki is about trees and their cultivation in the Japanese garden. Martin Ormerod rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Feb 05, Emily marked it as did-not-finish Recommended to Emily by: Alright, I started this, but have to move it back to the “to-read” shelf because I niwzki not picked it up again.

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. Victoria Ferauge rated it it was amazing Sep 29, Any gardener creating a Japanese garden or woh a love of Japanese gardens and pruning should have this manual.

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Sep 17, Ruhegeist added it Shelves: Published April 15th by Timber Press first published April 1st Christian Callmer rated it really liked it Sep 20, Apr 28, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: Creating a Japanese garden is not just a matter of design and use of prescribed plants and ornaments, but more importantly how the trees are maintained to encapsulate elements of culture, religion and landscape.

Oct 18, Luke Mulligan rated it it was amazing. Quite possibly one of the most knowledgeable Westerners to cover this specific topic.

jakr Niwaki is a fascinating look at the techniques of Japanese gardening in a manner that can be adapted to all gardens. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

The beginning history is largely taken from better books I’ve already read. Cindy Pratt rated it really liked it Jan 31, 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.

Paul rated it it was amazing Oct 30, The book also gives you suggestions on which types of trees are known to respond well to hard pruning and which just die, which is also appreciated. I’m not very educated in the art history of Japanese gardens, but have recently begun a minor volunteer role in helping to keep one up.

Niwzki delivers lectures on Japanese pruning techniques throughout the U. Anyone who appreciates plants and Japanese culture will find more than they could have imagined in this unique book.