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with Master Gardener Masa Mizuno

April 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

| $45.00

Those who have participated in previous Masa workshops, know what an amazing opportunity this is to learn from one of the living masters of Japanese horticulture.  

During this live-stream event, you will be taking a virtual tour of Heron’s Rook Gardens on Whidbey Island,  and watching close-up as Masa and his assistant share their perspectives, select specimens to  transform, discuss philosophy, design and application. This particular private garden, Heron’s Rook, is one that Masa  helped design and therefore will make this experience even more interesting, as he describes what has developed now that the gardens are maturing.  He and his assistant Samuel Hendrix will demonstrate several pruning and cultivation techniques, working with a variety of native plantings,  pines, maples and rhododendrons.   You will  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. 

 Find out for yourself why these workshops are so popular, and soak up the beauty and inspiration.

Because of the current pandemic and imposed limitations, we are going to Live-Stream the event on a platform that will also allow participants to ask questions, and have Masa answer them. 

Advanced reservation is required. 

You can purchase your ticket here – and we will email you the link and all instructions to join the Live-Stream on April 25th, 2020.  Registered participants will also receive a one month free MEMBERSHIP TO OUR  NWLACC ONLINE GLOBAL COMMUNITY


TICKET PRICE  for Japanese  Pruning Workshop Live-Stream :  $45 

Click here if you would like to make a donation to keep NWLACC going through these difficult times.

Masa and his assistant have been offering these yearly Pruning Workshops on Whidbey Island for the past 9 years,  to raise funds  for  NWLACC’s  Global Cultures Educational Program for K – 12 public school students, helping to graduate culturally ready 21st Century leaders.  Find out more about this key educational program by clicking here.

About Masa Mizuno 

Masa Mizuno came to the United States from Nagoya in 2000, and has been the landscape director of the Portland Japanese Garden for over  two decades.  As the president of his own 30-year-old design firm, he has installed public and private Japanese gardens around the world, including many on Whidbey Island and the Seattle area.

About Japanese Gardens 

The Japanese have been creating gardens since the first century A.D.,  carefully  designed and patiently pruned, according to aesthetic principals,  to create works of natural art that inspire calm, renewal, discovery and an invigorated soul.

In Japanese pleasure gardens, a series of view points are laid out to create specific corridors of sight; concealment and the slow-reveal of disparate elements is of great importance, as is the principle of asymmetry, offering, as landscape gardener Seyemon Kusumoto once wrote, “the best of nature’s handiwork in a limited space.” 

What participants say about the workshop:

I really was impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience that Masa and Sam have, and their ability to share their vision of each tree and shrub in a way that makes me realize, with time and care, I too can prune my shrubs and trees. I loved learning how to take time to view the plants from every angle to assess which limbs need to go and which stay.  I was a really well done demonstration.” 


Mary Lou

I enjoyed seeing the way the two of them worked together – and the perspectives from the ground and the ladder and the step by step explanations. Really fun and inspirational! A wonderful event.”  



April 25, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Josette Hendrix


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