The Art of Creative Pruning Lecture
March 13 2018 4:30pm
UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre
Author, sculptor and pruning expert Jake Hobson will discuss his unique pruning style, which combines traditional European topiary with Japanese pruning, cloud pruning, and fruit tree pruning. It’s aimed at inspiring people to loosen up and welcome new ideas into their gardens – too often gardeners get hung up on making a ‘Japanese garden’ or a ‘Mediterranean garden’ when in fact there is fun to be had in taking elements from all of them and creatively making the garden one’s own.
Jake Hobson is well-known in the UK as a topiary pruning specialist and for popularising Japanese-style “cloud pruning”. He has published two pruning books and also sells a specialised collection of Japanese tools and ladders.
Tour the Nitobe Japanese Garden at UBC
A tour with head gardener, Ryo Sugiyama, will be offered prior to the lecture, at 3pm. Admission for the tour by donation.
Jake first travelled to Japan after completing a degree in sculpture at London’s Slade School of Fine Arts. Intrigued by the pruning techniques he encountered there, Jake spent two years working at a traditional nursery in the countryside outside of Osaka before returning to the U.K. to apply the skills he learned to non-Japanese plants. He spent the following five years at the Architectural Plants nursery in West Sussex.
As a keen observer of the artistry of gardens with the eye of a sculptor, Jake experiments with how to apply niwaki skills to non-Japanese plants. In 2004, he set up Niwaki Japanese Garden Tools with his wife, Keiko. He is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, the European Boxwood and Topiary Society, and the Japanese Garden Society of the U.K., he has written for the specialist journal Topiarus and regularly delivers lectures on Japanese pruning techniques throughout the U.K. He resides in Shaftesbury, England.