Time spent working and traveling in Japan opened my eyes to a new way of using plants in gardens and landscapes. The Japanese have a long association with gardens especially in relation to belief and religion.
The use of plants, predominantly evergreen trees and shrubs in association with rock and water brings the wider landscape into the garden. The understanding of plant growth, form and habit is a strong part of the Japanese garden. It is this understanding that i am now bringing to my own work in Devon.
The work of Jake Hobson from Niwaki is an ongoing inspiration. Bringing his sculptures eye, experience from living and working in Japan and plant knowledge Jake creates some truly inspirational work.
The image at the top of the screen is an early stage piece of work opening up an old privet ball to create a cloud pruned feature.