Pruning Workshop and Luncheon with Japanese Master Gardener Masa Mizuno on May 2

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April 22, 2015

The Northwest Language Academy is honored to welcome back revered Japanese Master Gardener Masa Mizuno for a pruning workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The event will be held at a private residence in the Headlands, on Whidbey Island.

This will include a demonstration and Q&A, followed by a tour of the gardens and authentic Japanese lunch and is a great opportunity to view an outstanding private garden and residence and to meet and speak with one of the living masters of Japanese gardening in the company of other avid gardeners. Learn to recognize the inherent shape within the structure of a tree or shrub, to understand the balance of positive and negative space, and to encourage health and form through pruning.

Masa Mizuno came to the United States from Osaka in 2000 and has been the landscape director of the Portland Japanese Garden for over a decade. As the president of his own 30-year-old design firm, he has installed public and private Japanese gardens around the world, including several on Whidbey Island.

The Japanese have been creating gardens since the first century A.D., designing miniaturized ideal landscapes based on symbolic, spiritual, and exacting aesthetic principles. In Japanese pleasure gardens, a series of view points are laid out to create specific corridors of sight; concealment and the slow reveal of disparate elements is of great importance, as is the principle of asymmetry, offering—as landscape gardener Seyemon Kusumoto once wrote—“the best of nature’s handiwork in a limited space.”

Seating is limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended, as the event is certain to sell out. The cost for the workshop and luncheon is $75 per person, the balance of which will benefit NWLA’s summer camp scholarship program.  NWLA is committed to providing its summer camps and language classes to all children regardless of ability to pay, and attendance at events such as these helps make this commitment possible.

Overnight accommodations are available in the Cultural Center’s luxurious Guesthouse at 5023 Langley Rd. in Langley.

Reservations can be made on line via NWLA’s website or by calling 360-321-2101 or To learn more about NWLA and upcoming programs or classes, visit

NWLA is a not for profit organization that makes it possible for residents of the local community to become residents of the larger, global community. Through the study of languages and cultural enrichment, we are preserving and honoring diversity while building bridges of understanding and appreciation between people of different cultures.

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