Author Event - Cutting Back with Leslie Buck

The Avid Reader is excited to welcome debut author, and renowned garden designer, Leslie Buck for a visual reading, discussion, and signing of her unique garden memoir, "Cutting Back" on Thursday, July 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Bustle writes, “If you love losing yourself in natural settings, this memoir is definitely for you. . . . the life lessons Buck learns away from her pruning shears will appeal to any reader.”

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck’s bold journey and the revelations she has along the way. During her apprenticeship in Japan, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams. She is taught how to bring nature’s essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape. But she learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humor, and technique with heart.

Be sure to check out these fantastic reviews!

The Washing Post, "A gardener went to Japan to polish her pruning skills." She found tough love. by Adrian Higgins 

New York Times Book Review, "Photos, Gardens, Birds, Trees: What’s Happening in the Great Outdoors" by Dominique Browning

Leslie Buck is a garden designer and aesthetic pruner who specializes in natural design in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over two decades of gardening experience, and a fine art degree from U.C. Berkeley and the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts in France. In 2000, Buck studied with Uetoh Zoen, one of the oldest and most highly acclaimed landscape companies in Japan. She has worked, taught, and volunteered in hundreds of private landscapes and as well as dozens of public gardens including the Portland Japanese Garden, Hakone Japanese Garden, Tassajara Zen Center, and Merritt College.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd Street
Davis, CA 956
Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604697933
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Timber Press (OR) - May 3rd, 2017