Author Archives: Nathan Lawrence

A Tiny Japanese Courtyard Garden Pruned

Who says you need a lot of space for a Japanese garden? Japanese gardens come in all sizes from many acres to just a few square feet in area as well as many shapes and styles. In this video, we look at one of the smallest Japanese gardens that I have worked in. Our goal is to bring a little peace, joy and beauty to this troubled world wherever we go—even in the smallest garden spaces. Take a look.

Fall Japanese Sukashi Style Pine Tree Pruning Tutorial

This video not only showcases our fall pine tree pruning (in the Japanese sukashi style) artistry, style and techniques, but is also a detailed how-to tutorial from an experienced professional arborist and master aesthetic pruner. If you want to learn how to prune your own pine trees in this style, this video is a good place to start in learning this high level pruning skill that the Japanese garden craftsman have been perfecting for1,300 years. Please enjoy.

Toru Tanaka’s Sasebo Japanese Garden in Albuquerque

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.

Pruning a 125-150 Year Old Derelict Lace Leaf Maple

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!