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the aesthetic pruners association

Welcome to the aesthetic pruners association!

The APA is a non profit association established to promote and develop the craft of aesthetic pruning and support professional pruners in their work. The APA encourages the growth and development of the aesthetic pruning profession and its business practices. We maintain a high standard of craftsmanship, sound horticulture practices and artistic expression. The APA strives to expand awareness and appreciation of aesthetic pruning among the general public and industry professionals. We work to enhance the science of aesthetic pruning, stimulate the exchange of ideas and technical information, and deepen personal understanding of the artistry of aesthetic pruning.

What is aesthetic pruning?

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.

With its foundation in Japanese garden pruning, bonsai and arboriculture, aesthetic pruning incorporates visual art and design principles to work with plant material within its unique setting. Due to the universality of its approach, aesthetic pruning benefits all situations and garden styles.

Aesthetic pruners focus their work on trees and shrubs under 15 feet tall. They are dedicated to the craft of pruning, versed in many styles and have a long term vision with an emphasis on health and beauty.  To view some examples of aesthetic pruning, please check out our Before and After photos

Find an APA certified AESTHETIC pruner

The APA directory can help you find the right pruner for you and your garden.


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Featured member

Sachiko Umehara scholarship fund

The APA has set up a memorial scholarship fund to honor Sachiko Umehara. Sachiko, in partnership with her husband Mike, was co-owner of Momiji Nursery in Santa Rosa. Sachiko was a great advocate of the APA and had special relationships with many of its pruners.  Her spirit lives on in the beautiful maples she grew and nurtured, which are now treasured by many people. This scholarship will help students pay for horticulture and pruning courses at Merritt Community College.  Please consider making a donation by clicking on the button.


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The Aesthetic Pruners Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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