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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Nathanael rated it really liked it Apr 09, Nuwaki 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. Jul 24, Sylvia rated it it was amazing.

Return to Book Page. Niwaki is [Hobson’s] first book; let’s hope it’s not his last.

Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

The nwaki 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. As Bonsai is to cultivating trees in containers, Niwaki is about trees and their cultivation in the Japanese garden.


The relatively short, but succicent, book is on garden maintenance and associated techniques and a very readable and informative introduction to the practice of Japanese gardening. Books by Jake Hobson.

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Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way by Jake Hobson

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. Having a hard time getting into this book. Definitely recommend it to anyone jaks an interest in gardening. Apr 28, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: The beginning history is largely taken niwaik better books I’ve already read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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

The book is incredible, covering a wide range of different plants commonly used in not only Japanese gardens, but gardens all over the world. Feb 26, Stan Pedzick rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? Feb 05, Emily marked it as did-not-finish Recommended to Emily by: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Alright, I started this, but have to move it back to the “to-read” shelf hobbson I have not picked it up again.


Martin Ormerod rated it it was amazing Kake 19, I have a love of Japanese style pruning and Japanese gardens in general. You can also buy this book from these online retailers: Christian Callmer rated it really liked it Sep 20, Trees and particular techniques of pruning to shape them to particular forms are described succulently with the use of excellent photographs and line drawings.

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.

He delivers lectures on Japanese pruning techniques throughout the U. Hardcoverpages. The clear diagrams of pruning and hbson over years were particularly helpful in that department; I niwaii a little more confident that I have not been making some 50 year mistakes in my clippings, haha.