"The Art of Creative Pruning" is Jake Hobson's most recent book and it is an inspiration. With the publication of "Niwaki. Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way" a few years ago Jake established himself as a modern day uber-dude of cool pruning. His second book confirms this.
Hobson commences his tour-de-force with a quote from rock legend Lou Reed and then moves on to pay tribute to two of the great modern examples of Topiary ... the gardens of Marquessac and Sericourt. The journey continues with chapters devoted to Cloud Pruning and Organic Topiary, Niwaki and the Japanese influence, karikomi, pollarding, espaliers, pleaching ... it is all here. And it is all good.
We seem to be amassing quite a collection of books on the art of pruning. This approach to garden design is becoming an obsession. Last week we looked at a recent publication about Nicole de Vesian's sublime garden creations in Provence and by next week I am hoping to have received a copy of a book by Yves Gosse de Gorre, the creator of Sericourt. For a list of books in our Garden Library click here