Stringing Together an Urban Garden

March 27, 2010 by

What started out two years ago as the whimsical project of Fedor, a Dutch fellow about whom nobody seems to know much, has blossomed into a series of string gardens: planted hanging gardens that are a variation of kokedama, a japanese botanical style.

As he described it to me in an email, the illusive Fedor’s objective, is to have the plants “find their balance” as they grow and become heavier. “As the centrepoint of the plant keeps changing,” says the string gardener, “the plants grow in a way that makes them look more powerfull and like they are floating in mid air.”

The string gardens are meant to be viewed at eye level. Some of the plants are covered with moss and placed in a bowl, others are woven into horizontal nets wich are coverd with moss, clover and grass.

Some float in their environments alone, some are grouped with others creating a sort of horticultural symphony. They are undeniably gorgeous in their zen quality.

On a practical note: the gardens are irrigated in different ways. Some have built-in glass resevoirs. Others have an artificial root made from different kinds of moss which transports the water to the ball, others a dripping system that keeps keeps the containing net consistently wet. The majority of the plants need watering every three days to stay adequately saturated.

  • Sheila

    Very interesting! I like it!

  • Victoria

    These are absolutley mesmerizing!

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  • anna

    It is very interesting. I am not sure how the plant would be fertilized or how long they could last in this way. So interesting.

  • Ellie

    This looks like an interesting way to hang annuals from a porch or covered deck. Lots of color with no distractions –

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  • bop nam

    String gardens feature plants with soil-covered root balls seated firmly in nets and suspended from the ceiling by tension ropes. Invented in 2011 by Fedor, a Dutch botanist, these pot-free gardens offer an alternative to hanging plants. What’s more, you don’t have to choose a specific type of plant for a string garden. As your skills grow, string up balls of grass, orchids, daises or small trees. For your first few attempts, keep it simple and stick with smaller plants.

  • M beck

    I’m trying these beautiful gardens at home but have found that sisal and jute twines degrade very quickly. What kind go string is recommended for long term care and where can it be purchased? Thanks!

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