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About Us

What is Living Sculpture?

Started in 1990 in Edina, MN, by Jim Nayes, Living Sculpture originally supplied only tree and shrub pruning services to their clients. Later, due to client demand, Living Sculpture began offering landscape remodeling designs, along with installations, and pond/stream/waterfall designs and installations. Currently Living Sculpture provides about 50 % tree pruning and landscape care and 50 % landscaping services.

About Jim Nayes

Jim Nayes, holding a fish
Jim Nayes
ISA Certified Arborist
M.S. Plant Pathologist

Jim is an ISA Certified Arborist who really enjoys working with trees and the people who own and care for them. He is also a Certified Landscape Professional. He has owned and managed Living Sculpture Tree Care, Inc., since starting the company in 1990. Allow him to put his many years of experience to work for you.

He has both a B.S. in Agronomy and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from North Dakota State University. He has an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a lifetime member of the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture (president 2004 and 2005), a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Care Industry Association, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, National Arbor Day Foundation, Minnesota State Horticultural Society, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

He is the Minnesota Tree Care Conference Chairman for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Jim has developed and taught the following Adult Education courses: “Organic Lawn Care”, “Compost and Composting”, “Pruning for Health and Beauty”, and “Pruning 101”. He has both served on the Planning Committee for the Shade Tree Short Course (STSC) and has been a seminar presenter at the STSC several times.

Serving as City Forester in the city of Sunfish Lake, you can read his articles in "Treeways" covering a variety of topics.