Discover the art of ueki at Garden’s pruning demonstration

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Japanese experts will demonstrate how to trim black pine trees – the art of ueki – on Sunday, June 27, at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). The session will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

The annual event combines cultural and horticultural elements and is a great resource for both garden enthusiasts and experts alike, according to Alison Redfoot, the garden’s assistant director for education. A narrated one-hour demonstration will begin at 10:30 a.m.

“The skill of trimming Japanese Black Pines in ueki style is a rare and unique talent, and one that takes many years of practice to truly master,” Redfoot pointed out. “It is important to keep this art form alive for future generations, and we hope that our annual pruning of the black pines event assists in that effort.”

The Burns Miller Japanese Garden would appear to be an ideal host for this particular event. Black pines are a primary feature of the CSULB garden. In fact, they are the basis for the garden’s framework. As such, it is important for these trees to be groomed correctly.

Additionally, Redfoot noted that the event also gives those in attendance the opportunity to learn from experts how to better take care of plants in their own gardens.

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 Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on Earl Warren Drive near the Bellflower Boulevard entrance to the CSULB campus. Free parking is available in Lot 16 in non-metered spaces directly across the street from the garden.

For more information, call 562/985-8420.

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