Jun
7
10:00 AM10:00

Berkeley-Cal Sailing Club Pine Pruning Event

The Merritt College Pruning Club, a volunteer pruning organization (where beginning to advanced pruners can join to learn or teach pruning) is hosting this event at the Cal Sailing Club where we will be pruning two Pines, one small (4’) which is detailed and one larger (12’) which is styled like a waterfall! Join us if you are interested in learning Pine Pruning. We meet with pruning shears and small pruning saws in hand in front of Cal Sailing Club at 124 University Avenue at the Berkeley Marina. Bring lunch and sit on the club house bench at the end of this event and enjoy the view!

This event is free and open to the public. I may have one or two copies of “Cutting Back” on hand, but if you want a previously purchased copy of “Cutting Back” signed then drop by! (for sell at https://www.mrsdalloways.com or where ever books are sold)

For more information on the Merritt College Pruning Club: Merritt College Pruning Club

For more information on the Cal Sailing Club: https://www.cal-sailing.org 

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Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Monterey-CNPS Slideshow: Natural Design In Gardens Of Japan Slideshow

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Did you know that the majority of Japanese gardens are native? That most are not sheared, but highly natural looking? Would you like your garden to have four-season beauty, rather than only Spring flowers? Join me for an delightful visual journey as I show photos from secret gardens of Kyoto. I will read from my best-selling garden memoir, Cutting Back—My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto, for a glimpse of Kyoto craftsmen who are often as obsessed about natives as we are! I’ll also to teach you natural landscaping tricks so your gardens can evoke scenes from wild California nature. 

This event is free and open to the public through the Monterey Chapter of California Native Plant Society!

For more information: https://chapters.cnps.org/montereybay/  


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Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Berkeley: Berkeley Horticulture Nursery Maple Pruning Class and Reading

For this RESERVATION ONLY event, I will be demonstrating the basics of pruning maples and doing a reading or two of “Cutting Back.” Bring your shears and you may be the one volunteer hands-on student chosen! Maples are known for their rapid, reactive growth in the SF Bay Area, I like to call them “the teen-agers of the garden.” Come see how to discourage rebellion, and encourage beautiful development in your garden.

Berkeley Horticulture will be selling “Cutting Back” and plenty of Maples after this event, including the Acer “Yuki Nara”, named after my pruning friend who was one of the editors of my memoir, and a good friend! I will be signing copies of “Cutting Back” after 12:30, and will stick around for another hour to answer extra Maple questions (if you bring a lunch snack—long questions will be forthcoming).

Note: To RESERVE FOR THIS EVENT contact: https://berkeleyhort.com 

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Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

Brentwood-DIG slideshow: Secret Gardens Of Kyoto

  • Brentwood Community Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This slideshow hosted by Delta Informal Gardeners of Brentwood is open to the public, especially those curious about this active club, so join me in a visual tour of Kyoto gardens you’d rarely see in Japan. Through my slides and a few readings from “Cutting Back” you will enter private home landscapes of Kyoto, interact with monks in serene monastery gardens, and hear birds and frogs living in an emperor’s estate—all from the viewpoint of Japanese garden craftsmen who work inside the prestigious Kyoto Landscape company, Uetoh Zoen.

Signed copies of Cutting Back will be available after the tour!

Free and open to the public

To contact DIG: https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodDIG

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Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

LA Book Tour-Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden: California Designer in a Japanese Garden Apprenticeship

I will show images and tell new stories from my New York Time's reviewed memoir: Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto. You will see the garden where an earthquake shook handmade wooden shutters of a Japanese private home which open up to a tea room, meet my garden crew as we clean towering maples of a geishas’ garden, and finally witness the dangerous shearing of ancient shrubs with razor sharp scythes in one of Kyoto’s most famous imperial estates. Join me for this delightful evening of sights and stories from the gardens of Kyoto! Since this slideshow takes place in the En Gallery, come early and see the beautiful Chinese brush paintings of Suemae Lin Willhite—I may even show a few slides of China’s rural nature from my last trip down Yangtze River since Cutting Back has recently been translated into Chinese by Yuan-liou Publishing Co. with delightful illustrations by Shana Chi!

Signed copies of Cutting Back will be available after the tour!

For more information contact Storrier Sterns Japanese Garden: http://japanesegardenpasadena.com 

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Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

LA Book Tour-The Japan Foundation: Secret Gardens of Kyoto Visual Tour

From your seat in Los Angeles, you will get to take a visual tour of Kyoto gardens you’d rarely see in Japan. You will enter private landscapes, serene monasteries, and parts of an emperor’s estate from the viewpoint of Japanese garden craftsmen who work inside the prestigious Kyoto Landscape company, Uetoh Zoen.

Signed copies of Cutting Back will be available after the tour!

For more information contact The Japan Foundation: https://www.jflalc.org 

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Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

LA Book Tour-Shoseian "Whispering Pine" Japanese Tea House: Traditional Craftsmen of Kyoto Slideshow

  • Shoseian Japanese Tea House location: (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jan 20th (note date change on my appearance page from Feb 17th!)

You will get a peek into my three seasons working with traditional garden craftsmen from one of the oldest landscaping companies in Japan. There will be a slideshow presentation of my daily work routine with the talented and dedicated apprentices from Uetoh Zoen in the gardens of Kyoto (private homes, monasteries and an imperial garden), with some stories about Black Pines similar to the ones in the Friendship Garden of Shoseian.

A delicious bowl of matcha tea in included with this talk with a $20 per person donation.

Signed copies of Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto will be available after the show!

For more information contact Shoseian Tea House: https://shoseianteahouse.com and https://www.facebook.com/friendsofshoseian/ .

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Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Santa Cruz-CNPS Slideshow on Native Gardens of Japan in "Cutting Back"

  • UCSC Arboretum Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

See how the Japanese design with local plants to create some of the most natural looking gardens in the world. I will pull from my memoir, Cutting Back—My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto, to illustrate how the Japanese use native plants to evoke the wild Japanese landscape, and also tricks Japanese garden craftsmen use to design with native plants over time. I will present images of Kyoto gardens in historic buildings, monasteries, private homes and an emperor’s villa. http://www.cruzcnps.org 

Free and open to the Public

 

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Sep
28
to Oct 1

Portland-International Japanese Garden Conference Lecture NAJGA

  • Portland Japanese Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I will be speaking at the North American Japanese Garden Association’s International Conference hosted by the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. There may still be spots for this conference filled with Japanese garden geeks from all over the world! I’d love to see you at my lecture: https://najga.org/2018-international-conference/ , or join NAJGA’s future events: https://najga.org , or better yet check out the Portland Japanese Garden’s new education center promoting multi-week J. Garden workshops: https://japanesegarden.org/thecenter/garden-workshops/ .

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Sep
6
7:30 PM19:30

SF-Pruning Demo and Reading Of "Cutting Back" For CNPS-Yerba Buena Chapter

Want to learn Calif. native plant pruning basics? I will be doing a hands-on pruning demonstration and a few readings from "Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship In The Gardens Of Kyoto" in SF Golden Gate Park! The California Native Plant Society-SF Yerba Buena Chapter will be hosting this class in the SF County Fair Building at their monthly meeting. I am passionate about Ca. Natives so this will be an exciting evening. I'll have "Cutting Back" garden memoir for sale, but you can also bring pre-purchased books (ordered from local bookstores/Amazon or where ever books are sold) for me to sign if you wish. For more info see: http://cnps-yerbabuena.org/calendar/meetings/.

Free and open to the public

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May
6
9:30 AM09:30

Berkeley--Visit Leslie's garden-Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

As part of the huge annual Bring Back the Native Garden Tour, take a peek at Leslie's home gardens, designed almost exclusively with California native plants, one using traditional Japanese garden design philosophy. Leslie designed her front landscape with mostly drought-tolerant, "tropical looking natives" to accompany an existing century old Canary Island Date Palm and give the neighborhood year 'round flower power. Leslie created the private landscape behind her house using an exclusive native plant palate to allow viewers a feeling of stepping into a natural environment as seen in the gardens of Japan-in this case "a campground on the edge of the forest." Marshmallows for roasting on the campfire, sketching and poetry table for creative visitors and plenty of sitting areas available during this multi-garden tour. Leslie will be selling and signing copies of her New York Times reviewed Japanese garden memoir, Cutting Back. 

For reservations go to: www.bringingbackthenatives.net
Facebook: Visit the Garden Tour on Facebook

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Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Orinda-Pruning Demo and Reading of "Cutting Back" for California Native Plant Society-East Bay

Want to learn Calif. native plant pruning basics? I will be doing a hands-on pruning demonstration and a few readings from "Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship In The Gardens Of Kyoto" for the California Native Plant Society-East Bay Chapter. I am passionate about Ca. Natives so this will be an exciting evening. For more info: ebcnps.org 

Free and open to public

 

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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Orinda--Photographic presentation of Cutting Back with Montelindo Garden club

 "Secret Gardens Of Kyoto" --a photographic presentation of Cutting Back, with some tips from the garden craftsmen of Kyoto, for the Montelindo Garden Club. For Info:  http://montelindogarden.com. Location is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephens Drive, Orinda, CA

(also link: "map")

CHANGE: THIS EVENT IS FREE and men and the general public is encouraged to attend!

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Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

Portland, Oregon-Lecture with images of Kyoto gardens at the premier Portland Japanese Garden-SOLD OUT!

Join me for a lecture at the Portland Japanese Garden on a late winter afternoon. I will show images of my Japanese garden journey from the New York Time's reviewed garden memoir: Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto.  Exact time and title to be announced soon! The Portland Japanese garden in Winter will surely be exquisite with the lines and forms of the garden's deciduous plants exposed. 

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Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

Berkeley and Oakland Hills--APA Garden Tour

Take a self-guided tour of some spectacular private home gardens in the East Bay Hills-a fundraiser for the Aesthetic Pruners Association. Featured will be one of Leslie's gardens, the Mitchell Japanese home and garden, in the Oakland hills landscaped by Shigiru Namba (builder/designer for Larry Ellison's garden in Woodside)and pruned/designed by Leslie over twenty years. This is a true, sukiya living environment, with both home and garden built by Japanese craftsmen and maintained with care. Leslie will be available in person for questions and to sign copies of her memoir. Pruning demos and opportunity to talk to the long-term designers of these gardens part of tour. Perhaps have a quick sandwhich at  https://www.fourneebakery.com or sit-down lunch at http://www.rickandanns.com and make a delicious day of it? Join this tour to see some beautifully pruned gardens-full of ideas. 

To purchase tickets and more information go to APA website: http://aestheticpruners.org/Aesthetic_Pruners_Association/2017_APA_Garden_Tour.html

Reserve soon, these tickets normally sell out 

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Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

San Francisco--Closing Night Reading with "Lit Crawl"

“One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco's Lit Crawl attracts close to 10,000 people, and is the world’s largest such event.”

Leslie will be doing a reading at Lit Crawl (closing night of Lit Quake's 18th season) along with several other fascinating food and travel writers sponsored by Afar Travel Magazine. This event is first come first serve, so show up early.  https://litcrawlsanfrancisco2017.sched.com/event/BiN7/afar-magazine-presents   

“Tales of adventure, discovery, and other magical things that happen when we leave home.”—AFAR Magazine Lit Crawl

Other Lit Quake literary events October 6-14 at http://www.litquake.org or  #wordsmatter

Free and open to public.    

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Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Berkeley--"Wine Tasting And A Reading" of Cutting Back at Cafe Bartavelle

Sample Kermit Lynch famous wines (mentioned in memoir!) and order some delicious food at Cafe Bartavelle while listening to Kyoto garden stories from Cutting Back on a warm summer evening with me. RSVP now below for this reading which is sure to sell out. 

RSVP Order your tickets soon--Last Berkeley event: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3084956.

Bartavelle will offer for $20 a flight of three wines included in the ticket price, and will have some small plates offered for purchase if desired.

Note: RSVP as early as you can, but you can try ordering ticket up to same day as event, as long as hasn't sold out. 

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Sep
30
9:30 AM09:30

Marin--Full Day Pruning Workshop at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

  • Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Want to learn pruning? Join me for whole day of pruning that includes conversations about the natural gardens of Japan, hands-on-pruning instructions, delicious lunch, a garden project and of course Japanese tea-time Green Gulch style. Beginners welcome. I guarantee you will walk home with new skills, plus meet a few new garden friends.

Day of Pruning with Nature: $90public/$81SFZCmember/$72limited income which includes lunch and tea. Remember how beautiful Green Gulch can be in the mornings? I'll be there early with coffee in hand.

Note: Reservation required- Contact Zen Center for cost and sign-up:
 http://www.sfzc.org/green-gulch/calendar

 

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Saratoga--Japan's Native Gardens Slideshow with Native Plant Society

Learn how the Japanese design with local plants to create some of the most natural looking gardens in the world. I will pull from my memoir, Cutting Back—My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto, to illustrate how the Japanese use native plants to evoke the wild Japanese landscape, and also tricks Japanese garden craftsmen use to design with native plants over time. I will present images of Kyoto gardens in historic buildings, monasteries, private homes and an emperor’s villa.

For more information go to Santa Clara Ca. Native Plant Society: http://sccl.evanced.info/signup/list?ag=all&df=list&private=0&do=1&nd=60&lib=999

Free and open to public.

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