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David and Nola are a husband and wife team, who have embraced an ancient Japanese art-form, Kokedama . “Koke” meaning moss and “Dama” meaning ball is a Japanese string garden where balls of nutrient rich soil are gently formed around the plant roots, then bound in moss and string to create dangling objects of beauty.

After managing holiday resorts in Vanuatu as well as in Australia, they were looking for a tree-change to alleviate the grind and the constant 24/7 demands of working in hospitality. David, an ex-chef and Nola, who has a background in visual arts, make a dynamic, creative team. With three children they were used to multi-tasking but knew it was time to make a change – a peaceful change.

“We work with nature to create beautiful kokedama; roots are wrapped in a whole lot of goodness and become as much the feature as the plant itself.” explains Nola.

“We tap into the raw energy of nature, allowing our creativity to organically evolve. We see again what is there, redefine the focus and celebrate beauty.”

Walking towards their stall at the Caloundra Street Fair, you are immediately drawn into an inviting, green space, of hanging plants and herbs. The kokedama are made by hand with the finest of materials to nurture the plant to be its very best.

The process involves slightly trimming the plant roots (likened to Bonsai) and encasing the roots in a nutrient rich mud ball of peat moss, quality potting mix and slow release fertilizer. The root ball is gently encased in a good layer of sphagnum moss which helps keep the roots cool and moist. Sometimes they use paperbark and other goodies from the forest floor. The entire ball is wrapped in a good quality twine that will stand the test of time.

“We choose beautiful and inspiring plants and the finest of materials to nurture the plant at its very best” explains Nola.

So if you are hard pressed to find that perfect Christmas present this holiday season, turn to living art and tick one more task off your shopping list. 

How to care for your Kokedama

A common cause of death of the potted plant is over watering. Not so with your Kokedama. It is easy to know when your plant needs a drink – just have a little squeeze of the ball. When it is dry to the touch and is lighter in weight, simply submerge the entire ball in a bucket of water. Leave it there for a little while. Give the ball a little squeeze under the water to release the air bubbles. This way you can be assured that the water is reaching the roots and with a good soaking your plant will not need watering as often.

 

 


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