NWLACC is honored to welcome back revered Japanese Master Gardener Masa Mizuno for a three-hour pruning workshop at a private residence on Whidbey Island. This year’s workshop is a horticultural marriage applying traditional Japanese pruning techniques to an established French garden; a union between traditions and aesthetics. The event includes a demonstration and Q&A, followed by a tour of the estate that includes a French vegetable garden, orchard, and restored wetlands.
A French-inspired luncheon and performance of Japanese bamboo flute will complete the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to view an outstanding private garden and residence, and to meet and speak with one of the living masters of Japanese gardening in the company of other avid gardeners. Learn to recognize the inherent shape within the structure of a tree or shrub, to understand the balance of positive and negative space, and to encourage health and form through pruning.
Participants are welcome to walk the trails through 40 acres of restored forest and wetlands. Observe the activity of three beaver ponds and catch glimpses of amphibians that have returned to their native habitat. Bird enthusiasts will be captivated by the variety of native birds and nests on this restored property.
Masa Mizuno came to the United States from Nagoya in 2000, and has been the landscape director of the Portland Japanese Garden for over a decade. As the president of his own 30-year-old design firm, he has installed public and private Japanese gardens around the world, including several on Whidbey Island. Space in the workshop is limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended, as the event typically sells out fast. This event is a fundraiser for NWLACC’s Global Cultures Program, offered at no charge to the students of South Whidbey Public Schools.
For more information: https://www.nwlacc.org/global-cultures/