Our Garden / Japanese Maples: Teaching the Art and Science of Aesthetic Pruning
North Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
Contact: UC Master Gardeners-Contra Costa, ccmg@ucanr.edu
Sponsor: UC Master Gardener Program-Contra Costa
  • Ask a Master Gardener table from 9 am to Noon
  • Speaker from 10 am to 11:30 am:  Yuki Nara, Aesthetic Pruner

Japanese Maples: Teaching the Art and Science of Aesthetic Pruning

Yuki Nara is an Aesthetic Pruner who was born in Japan. She studied with Dennis Makishima who was the first to introduce the art of Aesthetic Pruning to the United States. Yuki has been an Aesthetic Pruning instructor for all levels from beginner to professional. She presently teaches at Merritt College in Oakland, California.

Yuki’s work is highly intuitive, and her teaching style is open-hearted. She believes that the integration of philosophy, technique, and a heartfelt connection to the spirit of a tree is essential to the successful practice of Aesthetic Pruning and to the ultimate satisfaction of client, pruner, and tree.

About Our Garden

Our Garden is a public demonstration garden of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County, located in Walnut Creek at the corner of North Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive, just north of Ygnacio Valley Road. From April through October, weekly speakers present a variety of information on edibles gardening and home gardening in general.

UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa maintain the garden and interface with the general public. We encourage you to bring in your home and garden questions and talk with a UC Master Gardener at the Ask a Master Gardener Table (9 am to Noon)!