Individual Hanging Gardens

Individual Hanging Gardens

January 12, 2011

Plants, unplugged, might be the best way to describe the stunning suspended plant-artworks developed by one Fedor van der Valk, who makes these beautiful hanging plants in Amsterdam, under the name String Gardens. Uprooting flowers and trees from their regular terrestrial spots not only showcases the roots, so rarely seen by humans, but elevates the individuals plants into unexpected sculptures. (See our follow-up interview and slideshow of Van der Valk's creations.)

The resulting string plants include these elegant suspended orchids. The plants and their root balls are placed into nets, which are covered with clover, moss, and grass.

Fedor van der Valk. Apparently, the artist has become so taken with his string plants that even his head has been replaced by one of his works.

Bright poppies appear out of the darkness, elevated to a height their fellow poppy blooms never get to see. According to an interview on Urban Gardens, van der Valk says that string plants need to be watered every three days, and some have built-in water reservoirs, while others have a drip system that keeps the root ball wet. Learn more about caring for string gardens in the 2014 autumn issue of Garden Design magazine. Click here to see what else is in the magazine. 

Azaleas look almost like hot air balloons, floating through the air. As the plants grow, they tip and sag, changing their center of gravity.

Globes of grass and dusty miller float about, in a suspended state, creating a mid-air alien landscape.

(Plus: String Gardens says that he is working on developing a temporary workshop in the Berkshires, MA. Let's hope he comes here soon!)

All photos by String Garden. Top photo of trees by Miep Jukkema; photo of dusty miller by Anne Dokter.