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Vertically suspended zen gardens

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These beautiful hanging gardens suspended by thin string are a whimsical art installation type project by Fedor in Belgium. Using string, moss, grass, and bowls or a glass reservoir, various types of plants are transformed into mid air planted floating gardens that are a variation of kokedma, a Japanese botanical style. The string gardener says his intention is for the plants to “find their balance as they grow and become heavy. The string gardens are meant to be viewed at eye level.” Some of the plants are covered with moss and placed in a bowl, others are woven into horizontal nets which are covered with moss, clover and grass.

Some string gardens float in their environments alone, some are grouped with others creating a sort of horticultural symphony. They are undeniably gorgeous in their zen quality.

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On a practical note: the gardens are irrigated in different ways. Some have built-in glass reservoirs. Others have an artificial root made from different kinds of moss which transports the water to the ball, others a dripping system that keeps the containing net consistently wet. The majority of the plants need watering every three days to stay adequately saturated.

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