12 beautiful examples of creative cloud pruning

04 March 2015

See our gallery of organic topiary from Jake Hobson, the renowned cloud pruning and topiary specialist.



Jake Hobson's pruning style is a blend of organic cloud pruning and traditional Japanese niwaki pruning, creating beautiful and unusual shapes from trees and shrubs which would not be out of place surrounding a fairy tale castle.

He originally trained as a sculptor at the Slade and developed an interest in gardens during a visit to Japan, where he ended up living for two years, working at a traditional tree nursery in Osaka and learning the art of pruning in the Japanese style.

These pictures, taken from The Art of Creative Pruning, show the way Jake Hobson’s style can be used to stunning effect to create unusual flowing shapes and that are a far cry from the rigid and structured topiary we have come to associate with stately gardens.

Signed copies of Jake Hobson’s book The Art of Creative Pruning, £25, Timber Press, and imported Japanese pruning shears and other equipment are available from Niwaki.

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