Several years ago I watched mesmerized as a Japanese gardener pruned a tree at the Kurimoto Japanese Gardens at the Devonian Botanical Gardens near Edmonton. What struck me was how he worked from one side of the tree to the other with methodical precision and how ruthless he was with his technique. Amateur gardeners - like me - tend to spend a lot of time pondering and considering each cut with trepidation and we usually stop short of completing the job. In Tokyo I observed the results of the precise and relentless method of tree care. In this photo taken in the imperial palace gardens an enormous, perfectly shaped and meticulously cared for tree stands in an open area while in the distance smaller trees are staked with surgical precision awaiting the day when they too tower over this expanse of public parkland.