You may well be wondering what on earth is a Kokedama? Which is a fair point as the name is not a mainstream term...YET! It's the ancient art form of creating a traditional Japanese hanging garden and the latest botanical craze, currently sweeping LA and Sydney following on from the 2018 botanical trend and all round obsession with terrariums!
“Kokedama” is a Japanese word which literally translated means moss ball. Using traditional wrapping techniques and soil combinations we teach you the skills required to create these wonderful pot-less hanging plants. Not only does a Kokedama look amazing but they are really low maintenance and so much fun to make, we think once you see one you will just love them!
In this hands-on workshop you can create your own stylish urban oasis. During the botanical workshop you'll create three different types of Kokedamas from tropical plants of your choosing and learn best practices for plant care and upkeep to keep your new string garden beautiful and healthy, all while enjoying complimentary sake, bubbly and East Asian inspired nibbles.
A Kokedama workshop provides an opportunity to learn a new skill and **connect with nature in a creative way, through an experience that is both playful and relaxing. With many Londoners not having outdoor space, attending a Kokedama workshop provides the perfect opportunity to get stuck into nature and leave with a beautiful new hanging garden that means you can bring the outside inside in your home as well.
Your teacher Hayley, is an experienced set designer and interior stylist for the film and advertising industry and can offer lots of tips on how to present your Kokedamas in your home.
We offer different coloured strings and twine as well as a range of plants to choose from, so that everyone can create something truly unique and express their own sense of creativity.
The workshop will take place in a hidden, heated and covered garden, housed at the back of the jewellery store Kas & Ros right by the iconic Tower Bridge, with tube stations, Borough, London Bridge both nearby . The magical garden space, is decorated particularly for the event, so expect to see lots of examples of what you can create.
This is an example of what you should expect to learn at a workshop:
- An introduction to the tradition of Kokedama making
- Choose three tropical house plants from a wide selection of plant variations
- Prepare your own soil mixture
- Learn the basic method for the moss ball
- Create your first Kokedama using the sheet moss technique
- Choose from a range of coloured twines
- Learn and perfect the skill of the Kokedama wrapping technique and make a different style of Kokedama
- Create two more Kokedamas in colours and styles of your choosing
- Create string supports to hang your garden
- Learn about upkeep and how to maintain and display your new garden
- All the while enjoying some nibbles and bubbly (served with good ol’ Irish Hospitality;) )
Please wear clothes suitable for messy work, as we will be working with soil, it is advisable to take off jewellery and watched before the class. Sleeves that can be rolled up are advisable.
What you need
Thursday 17 October at 19:00 to 20:30
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You may cancel this booking up to 48 hours in advance.
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Find your way there
61 Tower Bridge Rd, London, UK
- Hayley McDonald is an interior stylist and set designer who has set dressed countless music videos and TV Commercials for many well-known artists and household brands as well as working with clients to design beautiful and striking interiors. From magical sets to beautiful homes, Hayley knows a thing or two about how to reimagine a space and bring a unique style to a home. Hayley will be sharing her industry styling tips on how to bring the outside, inside, at this Kokedama Workshop. Join Hayley and create a hanging garden and enjoy your own urban oasis.