Thursday, 12 July 2012

Hanging Gardens

Beautiful and other-worldly string gardens by Dutch artist Fedor Van der Valke. He creates his hanging gardens using a 3D crocheting  technique and then adding moss and soil...apparently one of the most challenging part is finding the right soil mix for each plant. There are also care illustrations drawn by Elsa Dray Farges (who really deserves a post all to herself) because these "plant sculptures" are made to be hung in any normal home! 

They are similar to the Japanese method of growing plants in balls of a moss-soil mixture called kokedama, although this is taking the process step further; kokedama remain earth-bound. You can do it yourself pretty easily following these instructions from Design Sponge, or this YouTube video from Australian garden center Eden Gardens.