Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto (Hardcover)

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Leslie Buck jumps for a dream, landing an apprenticeship in Kyoto to learn the fine art of pruning. As she settles into life in Japan, she gains invaluable lessons from her work in the gardens as well as from her fellow gardeners. This book is travel Zen. --Marilyn

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"An unusual and entertaining memoir." --New York Times Book Review

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck's bold journey and the revelations she has along the way. During her apprenticeship in Japan, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams. She is taught how to bring nature's essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape. But she learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humor, and technique with heart.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604697933
ISBN-10: 1604697938
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2017
Pages: 280
Language: English