The Art of Ueki Demonstrates How to Prune Black Pine Trees at CSULB

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black-pine-japanese-gardenGardening enthusiasts can learn from Japanese experts who will demonstrate how to trim black pine trees—the art of ueki—on Sundays, June 14 and June 28, at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Both sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon.

“People often come to us in quest of advice with their own black pine trees. These two events offer the opportunity these folks seek to ask knowledgeable professionals their questions and find the answers,” said Alison Redfoot assistant director of the Japanese Garden. “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.”

A narrated one-hour demonstration begins at 10:30 a.m. on both Sundays. 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.”

Learn more about the bonsai art form and how to trim black pine trees. 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 in non-metered spaces directly across the street from the garden.

For more information, call 562/985-8885 or visit

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