Cutting Back: A California Designer in a Japanese Garden Apprenticeship at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Published : Friday, January 11, 2019 | 7:26 PM

Spend a special evening with California gardener and author Leslie Buck, about her unique experience of training with Japanese pruning masters in Kyoto on Friday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. Her memoir Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship In The Gardens Of Kyoto (Timber Press, 2017) recounts her work with traditional garden craftsmen of Kyoto in private homes, monasteries and an emperor’s villa.

Leslie holds a fine arts degree from the University of California Berkeley, attended the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux, France, and studied horticulture at Merritt College, where she met her mentor Dennis Makishima, a world-renowned pruning instructor and bonsai artist. She has managed an aesthetic pruning business in the San Francisco Bay Area for over two decades, and has worked, taught, and volunteered in hundreds of private and public landscapes, including the Portland Japanese Garden, Hakone Japanese Garden, and Tassajara Zen Center.

“An unusual and entertaining memoir… she learns about durability and resilience. She learns to prune trees exquisitely…” – New York Times Book Review

“Her writings, inevitably, are a reflection on the contrasts between the roles of the gardener in two very different cultures.” – The Washington Post

Leslie will discuss, with slides, what she learned and will read excerpts from her memoir. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and author signing.

Cutting Back: A California Designer in a Japanese Garden Apprenticeship Lecture and Book Signing with Leslie Buck will be held Friday, January 25, 7:00 p.m. at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Free with garden admission. $7.50 online / $10 at the gate. Reservations required.

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, 270 Arlington Dr., Pasadena, (626) 399-1721 or visit








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