String Gardens

Updated: Apr 11


Searching for beauty, creativity, and meditation to counter the stress and instability of our times, I landed on these organic plant spheres. I must say that just the mere sight of them produces a sense of calmness and tranquillity, so making them should add satisfaction to that list. My search began by stumbling onFedor van der Valk's site. His creations and installations have a refinement that merges gardening with organic art. He creates many versions of string gardens that range from a cluster of small subtle ferns to half-grown fruit trees suspended in mid-air, creating a surreal landscape.

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Once these plant spheres start to sprout roots through their dirt that's when it's time to plant them into the ground where they will cease to hover and start to keep thriving in the earth. The technique originates from Japan called Kokedama, also known as Moss Balls. The process is quite simple, using your hands to hold the moss over soil into balls around the plant roots. The Handy Mans Daughter gives you a detailed explanation, with a video taking you through the easy steps.


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