This video is not only a tour of Albuquerque’s Japanese garden, but an interview with its head gardener and a behind the scenes look at this unique garden, how it was designed and what it takes to maintain it. At the end of the video, the head gardener talks about the unique challenge of pruning the garden’s pine trees.
In 40 years of aesthetic pruning of thousands of Japanese maples, this was by far the oldest and largest lace leaf maple I have ever pruned. It had not been pruned in decades! It looked like a giant mop head, but after five hours of expert aesthetic pruning, the hidden beauty of this queen of ornamental shrubs was amazingly revealed as you will see in this video. Please enjoy!