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. The event includes
a demonstration and Q&A, followed by a tour of the gardens. A sushi lunch and performance
of Japanese music 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. Mr. Mizuno
plans to demonstrate the pruning of a specimen pine, showing candling techniques, as well
as a Japanese maple, and specimen prunus. He will be assisted by his apprentice, Samuel
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. The cost for the workshop and luncheon is $75 per person, the
balance of which will benefit NWLACC’s summer camp scholarship program. NWLACC is
committed to providing its summer camps and language classes to all children regardless of
ability to pay, and attendance at events such as these helps make this commitment possible.
Overnight accommodations are available in the Cultural Center’s Guesthouse, at 5023
Langley Rd. Langley, WA. 98260.