Kokedama. It comes from the words “koke,” which means moss, and “tama,” which means ball (Parker, 2018, p. 6). So, kokedama basically means moss ball. Kokedama is the Japanese art of creating beautiful plants that grow without traditional pots. And, Coraleigh Parker has created a book, “Hanging Kokedama: Creating Potless Plants for the Home” (published by Jacqui Small, 2018), to show you how you can create your own kokedama.
Coreleigh Parker is the founder of Pickled Whimsy, a botanical design business based in New Zealand. Ms. Parker loves plants and she has a “desire to see people engaging with them on a different level” (Parker, 2018, back cover). Thus, her book was created to help others learn the fun, meditative practice of creating these beautiful, whimsical, fascinating balls that hang from the ceiling (or other structures) with a plant methodically sticking out of them.
What Do These Moss Balls Entail?
Her book provides beautiful photography and informative chapters to help you grow various plants from the moss balls, including tropical plants, bulbs, cacti, ferns, herbs, and even trees! Ms. Parker guides you in the best way to get the most out of your kokedama.
Putting together these beautiful creations, as mentioned above, can be a meditative process. According to Parker, “The wrapping process is very meditative; the action requires bilateral coordination – that is, to use both hands simultaneously and independently. And because both hands are required to wrap, and each must perform separate and independent actions, it is very difficult to think about anything else. One becomes completely present in the moment” (Parker, 2018, p. 6).
Kokedama can be a space saver. You don’t need to place a pot on the floor, nor on the shelf or table. It can also be a form of art and craft in itself. Parker’s book presents kokedama in such an artistic manner, that each and every one is so satisfying to just admire. It’s also an inexpensive way to create something so unique and decorative!
“Hanging Kokedama: Creating Potless Plants for the Home” is available on www.quartoknows.com as a hardcover (144 pages, ISBN: 9781911127390) for $30.00. Check it out to appreciate for yourself how rewarding it can be to create these artistic, potless plants.
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