Kokedama with Amaryllis

The Garden Staff at the Dixon loves trying new techniques for displaying the many blooms the Dixon grounds yield each season.  One of these experimental techniques is Kokedama.  Kokedama is a Japanese floral design practice where living plants (roots and all) are suspended in the air. The finished product is also referred to as a string garden.  One of our Dixon garden volunteers, Donna Stringer, first mentioned this phenomenon last summer, and we were all fascinated by the images of these string gardens. Whole rooms of Kokedama are quite impressive. Some even string up trees for display, but tiny blooming bulbs make an equally beautiful impact. 

In the Amaryllis Exhibition in Canale Conservatory, we have our very own Kokedama garden with an amaryllis bulb.  It has done really well and has now been blooming a few weeks. We surrounded the root ball with a special soil mix, wrapped that with sheet moss, tied it up with string, and made a harness for the whole thing. It’s really a lovely addition to our exhibition. 

In January we will have a Kokedama workshop where we will teach the Kokedama technique.  We will build a tripod to hold the suspended bulb and have a saucer underneath for catching drips when it’s watered so it can go on a tabletop. Some just sit in saucers, but we find the idea of them hanging in the air a little more exciting. 

Stop by Canale Conservatory to see the many Amaryllis blooms we have at the Dixon. The variation in size, color and stripe are spectacular. 

The Kokedama Workshop is on Saturday January 17 at 10:30.  Sign up for the workshop by calling (901)761-5250.

-Suzanne Askew, Gardens Education and Volunteer Coordinator


Posted by Chantal Drake at 9:52 AM
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