Suspended String Gardens

With the warm weather in full force, I've been spending all my free time in the garden. And when it's too dark to work outside, I'm often scouring gardening books, magazines, and websites for inspiration. A good thing, since it led me to discover the most ingenious find. Move over vertical gardening, it's time to make room for the string garden!

Found via Urban Garden, these hanging gardens are an art installation type project by Fedor. Using string, moss, grass, and bowls or a glass reservoir - plants are transformed into suspended living works of art that are a variation of the Japanese botanical style, kokedma. The string gardener says his intention is for the plants to “find their balance” as they grow and become heavy.

As an urban gardener with limited space, I'm immediately drawn into this mesmerizing world; left to dream up ways to incorporate it into my own garden. There is often a lack of ground space in small gardens, but by utilizing the area above, you open up so many more possibilities. But it isn't without drawbacks. First, I would have to come up with a solution to deal with the excessive watering that the majority of the plants are said to need. I personally love the fact that gardening comes in many forms and is constantly being reinvented. And while the photos on the String Gardens website are stunning, I would still love to view this person.


(Images: stringgarden.com)

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