|SJG • 11/17/10 photo by Monzie|
Parks staff and consultant Masa and his crew were providing observers with a two-week double header this year. Workers were thinning and eliminating along the garden's east side between the main path and fence in addition to pruning some 50 pines and tending to other annual tasks.
Scripts for visitors may need amendment. Shizue was there, carefully noting eliminations.
When supervisor Lisa came by she talked about the fundraising planned so the west side can receive the same attention next year.
After watching the thinning and eliminating - and enjoying the heavy scent of cedar - I paused by the pruners doing a high wire act in front of the Emperor's Gate.
Farther along, a drowsy mini-school of koi languidly waved their tails
At the north end's five pines, three pruners closely examined branches, then snipped, showing me how they had opened the tree and enhanced the layered, windswept look.
Leaving the garden, I passed large branches on their way to the truck outside where they were reduced to chips.