Explore the Japanese art of kokedama in a hands-on virtual lesson. Kokedama translates to “moss ball” in English and is a technique of displaying a plant in a ball of soil wrapped in moss and secured with twine. Hosted by Anna Bower, Assistant Curator and Kerstin Horneman, Events Manager
Free for Garden Lover Members, $10 General Members, $15 Non-Members
This planting method is a relatively modern technique with origins in older Japanese styles of tsuri-shinobu, nearai, shitakusa, and kusamono. Kokedama have now become popular worldwide with international floral designers developing their own signature designs. The workshop will include a brief Zoom presentation on the origins of kokedama, an instructional video, and virtual feedback from our staff as you create your masterpiece at home. Participants are welcome to gather their own required supplies (listed below) or can purchase a supply kit from Lotusland for an additional fee.
Participants may gather their own materials or purchase a supply kit when registering for the workshop.
Items in green are included in the optional supply kit. (materials kit pictured below)
Rooted potted plant- (3”-4” pot suggested)
- Two bowls or small buckets (one for moistening the soil and one for soaking the moss)
- Lotusland Kokedama Soil Blend: 1:1 topsoil and potting soil (with peat and perlite) OR 6:3:1 keto soil, akadama, and sand
- 24 Gauge Floral Wire
- Jute/Twine (thin to medium gauge)
- Sheet Moss (undyed)
- Long Nose Clippers and Wire Cutters (for tightening and cutting wire)
- Gloves (optional)
All participants must supply a rooted plant of their choosing (min 2” pot, max 4” pot).
Lotusland suggested the following plant options:
Asparagus fern (Asparagus)
Ferns: maidenhair ferns (Adiantum), birds nest ferns (Asplenium), sword fern (Nephrolepis), break ferns (Pteris)
Goldfish plant (Nematanthus)
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Small Begonia cultivars
Small tree/shrub seedlings (ex. mini conifer, Chamaedorea)
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Succulents (Rhipsalis, Echeveria, Haworthia, Sedum, Senecio rowleyanus or S. radicans)