BBC Two - Monty Don's Japanese garden journey and its link to Kokedama


The Japanese have always had a special attitude towards gardening that comprises patience, contentment and spirituality. Recently the renowned television presenter Monty Don on Gardeners` World BBC two has been travelling around Japanese gardens, exploring their iconic link to Zen, the traditional role of the tea ceremony, the rolling green moss of Buddhist temples and other botanical intrigues.

For the episode on BBC 1, click here 

Among the wild pink of cherry blossoms the gardens are awash with a sea of green moss, and this natural blanket is what forms the basis of our use of the traditional Japanese art form of Kokedama.

 Kokedama have their physical roots in soil, but they have their historical roots in the Japanese tradition of Wabi-Sabi. This practice has its origins in Buddhism and involves accepting things in their imperfect states.

Wabi-Sabi is appreciating a cracked mug for its age and use, an oddly-shaped apple for its sweet taste, the simple falling of a leaf, or a rainstorm for its sustaining the environment.

Not only are Kokedama a calming, peaceful influence in your environment; many of them also have tremendous benefits on the air quality of your home and play their part in making the world a greener, more sustainable place.

We feel that at Tranquil Plants we are attempting to continue the practice of these beautiful traditional gardens for the modern world.

For more information about the origin of Kokedama please click here.