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Japanese Garden Hosts Second Pine Pruning Event June 28

Published: June 15, 2009

Gardening enthusiasts can learn from experts who will demonstrate how to trim black pine trees — the art of ueki — on Sunday, June 28, at CSULB’s Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with a narrated one-hour demonstration beginning at 10:30 a.m.

“People often come to us in quest of advice with their own black pine trees. These events offer the opportunity these folks seek to ask knowledgeable professionals their questions and find the answers,” said garden Education Director Alison Redfoot. “Many people realize that the knowledge these talented senior pruners contain is becoming rarer in today’s world. People should take advantage of this chance while they still can.”

The annual event combines cultural and horticultural elements.

“The black pines provide the skeleton for the design of our Japanese Garden,” said Japanese Garden Director Jeanette Schelin. “The beautiful condition and form of these trees is due to the tending and trimming by experts who are trained and practiced in the craft of tree trimming. Many visitors attend both Sundays to have questions answered that come up after they work on pines in their own yards.”

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for Friends of the Japanese Garden members and free for children 12 and under and CSULB students.

The garden is located on Earl Warren Drive near the Bellflower Boulevard entrance to the campus. Free parking is available in Lot 16. For more information, call the Japanese Garden at 562/985-8885 or visit its Web site.