23 Ιουλ 2013

we introduce to you, kokedama gardens

it has become quite the trend here in the states, with features all over well renowned blogs, websites and magazines.
kokedama gardens, otherwise known as string gardens are precisely that. within a (let's call it) mold of clay and moss, lay root balls. the moss wraps around the ball shape of the plants root with the stabilizing clay and is then tied traditionally with natural string and hung from desired place. this is an old japanese technique which i am currently researching its history.
so far it is to be understood that this gardening technique, or style, was used so as to allow the plants to find their balance.
balance is a very strong element in all aspects of japanese design. it is strongly connected to nature, almost by definition, as all things natural answer to an internal harmony which dictates proportion and even life and death. it is also connected to the concept of the cycle of life, which must be respected even in the most urban of environments. entire cities are to function with a cycle just as a forest would, or even a tiny little plant.

furthermore, the results of kokedama can be glorious, as you defy gravity and literally create a hanging garden. i am not to get into the, already well known, details of the countless reasons why planting is good for us and simply give you imagery from around the web.
below, is a project by fedor, inspired by this japanese technique to which he was drawn from the scarcity of free space and love for gardens.

more captivating images can be found here and here.

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