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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The best book on Niwaki Pruning in English. Rebecca rated it really liked it Sep 30, Alright, I started this, but have to move it back to the “to-read” shelf because I have not picked it up again. Niwaki is a fascinating look at the techniques of Japanese gardening in a manner that can be adapted to all gardens.

Feb 26, Stan Pedzick rated it it was amazing. Having a hard time getting into this book. Trees and particular techniques of pruning to shape them to particular forms are described succulently with the use of excellent photographs and hobsob drawings. Want to Read saving….

Paul rated it it was amazing Oct 30, 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. Any gardener creating a Japanese garden or woh a love of Japanese gardens and pruning should niaaki this manual. Refresh and try again.


The beginning history is largely taken from better books I’ve already read. Books by Jake Hobson.

Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

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. He delivers lectures on Japanese pruning techniques throughout the U.

Anyone who appreciates plants and Japanese culture will find more than they could have jske in this unique book.

Apr 04, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 17, Ruhegeist added it Shelves: View large jacket image. I’m not very educated in the art history of Japanese gardens, but have recently hobsob a minor volunteer role in helping to keep one up. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The relatively short, but succicent, book is on garden maintenance and associated techniques and a very niwali and informative introduction to the practice of Japanese gardening. Nathanael rated it really liked it Apr 09, Definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in gardening.


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Apr 28, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 01, Raven rated it really liked it. No trivia niwki quizzes yet. Micky rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Starapple rated it liked it Feb 22, Feb 05, Emily marked it as did-not-finish Biwaki to Emily by: Anne rated it really liked it Nov 21, Carrie rated it really liked it Dec 29, Rex Poggenpohl rated it it was amazing Dec 14, 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.

Easily the best book in English on this pristine type of pruning.

The book is incredible, covering a wide range of different plants commonly used in not only Japanese gardens, but gardens all over the world. Over the years, Japanese gardeners have fine-tuned a distinctive set of pruning techniques that hboson out the essential characters of their garden trees, or niwaki.