Pasadena’s garden to present Lecture and Booksigning by “California Designer” in a Japanese Garden Apprenticeship, Jan. 25 at 7:00PM

Left in front row: Leslie Buck working in a garden.

Forwarded for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Lecture and Booksigning by “California Designer” in a Japanese Garden Apprenticeship
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

En Gallery at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105
Free with garden admission

$7.50 online / $10 at the gate
Members receive free garden admission for two
Reservations please:

Summary: Leslie Buck will discuss her memoir and give a slideshow about what she learned from three seasons with Japanese pruning masters in Kyoto.

You are invited to spend a special evening with California gardener and author Leslie Buck, about her unique experience of training with Japanese pruning masters in Kyoto.

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.

“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 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.

Leslie has managed an aesthetic pruning business in the San Francisco Bay Area for over two decades.

She has worked, taught, and volunteered in hundreds of private and public landscapes, including the Portland Japanese Garden, Hakone Japanese Garden, and Tassajara Zen Center.

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.

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