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Kokedama, Terrariums and Carnivorous Plants, Oh My!

Come see me at the Germantown Farmers Market on July 21 from 4 to 7 pm and bring all your questions about plants, gardening, and particularly tropical houseplants.  I’ll be demonstrating the fascinating art and science of making kokedama and terrariums, and will have some cool carnivorous plants on hand, too.  It’s too hot for most terrarium plants to be outside right now, but I’ll have a few on hand for sale along with some terrarium kits and plants to buy and plant at home.

The Germantown Farmers Market is located in the Bobby Lanier Farm Park at 2660 Cross Country Drive in Germantown.  You can give me a call at 901-828-3685 or leave a comment or question below for more information.

Never heard of kokedama?  They are REALLY cool additions to patios, porches, shady balconies, etc., in the summer, and can easily be brought inside in the winter.  Kokedama is a bonsai technique from Japan, where suitable plants are planted into specially mixed soil, sphagnum moss, and potters clay, then covered in living moss and wrapped with waxed thread to keep it all together.  Done properly, it forms a  beautiful living container that is actually very easy to maintain.  They can be displayed on saucers with pebbles, but are most spectacular when hung in groups.   Come see me to learn more and start your own hanging garden!

Ferns are traditionally used in kokedama.  This holly fern is a beauty, don't you think?
Ferns are traditionally used in kokedama. This holly fern is a beauty, don’t you think?
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Closeup of the moss ball covering the roots. The potters clay in the soil keeps it all tidy, no soil washes out when you water. I promise!
In foreground,  a Kentucky Blue rabbits foot fern is beginning to send its odd feet running out over the moss.  It makes me happy to come home to these mysterious flying plants on my front porch!
In foreground, a Kentucky Blue rabbits foot fern is beginning to send its odd feet running out over the moss. It makes me happy to come home to these mysterious flying plants on my front porch!
 

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Build Your Own Terrarium Sunday June 12

I collect and propagate miniature exotic tropical plants suitable for low light and high humidity conditions, for use in my living art creations, and my mini-greenhouses are popping their tops with an abundance of extras, so I’m having a build your own workshop to share the largesse.  If you want to learn the art and science of designing, building, and maintaining these miniature rainforests from an expert, don’t miss this opportunity.

Sign up today, space is limited to 6 people for each workshop, then come have fun playing in the dirt with us. 

 The first workshop is from 1 to 3 pm, the second is from 3:30 to 5:30, on Sunday June 12, at 700 North Belvedere in Midtown Memphis.

Here’s how it works:


The base price of $45 includes the gravel, activated carbon, sphagnum moss, and my special soil mix designed for use in terrariums; detailed instructions and information from the Memphis Plant Lady herself, and an ongoing hotline for answers to any questions you may have as your little green friend grows and changes. Then, customize the terrarium to suit your space and taste by your choice of glassware, plants, and accessories.

Plants cost $5 to $15 each (most are $5 but for the true collector I have a few rare gems I can share).


I’ll have a variety of sizes and shapes of glassware on hand, from $10 to $60 or so dollars, or better yet, bring your own glassware with you. Make sure the glass is clear, no ripples or waves, and that you can get your hand easily through the opening; it should be at least 10 inches deep; it must be watertight; remember it will be much heavier going home, so not too big.


Accessories are things like geodes and crystals, petrified wood, fairies or dinosaurs. Again, bring your own to make it just how you want it, or buy some from my huge stash of little interesting things. No metal or plaster items are suitable.


You can make more than one; an additional charge for the planting substrates may apply. Send me a message at the link below or call me at 901-828-3685. Hope to see you there!

 


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