"Aesthetic Pruning is the creative interpretation of small trees and shrubs. This living art form combines the artistic skill of the pruner, the essence of a tree, the science of horticulture and the needs of clients and surroundings.
Aesthetic pruners are dedicated to the craft of pruning, versed in many styles and have a long term vision with an emphasis on beauty." (Aesthetic Pruners Association)
Much of my advanced training is based on Japanese gardeners' knowledge and teachings. However, applying Japanese pruning techniques to Western trees doesn't always result in a tree that looks foreign. Actually, the goal is quite the opposite. Ultimately, the tree should be healthy, reflect the mood of the garden where it lives, and fill a particular role that compliments the other components of the garden.