Stringing Together an Urban Garden
March 27, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
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.