Creating a Japanese Vertical Garden at Kiseki No Hoshi

Recently there was another big changeover at Kiseki No Hoshi as the beautiful Orchid Extravaganza made way for a rather splendid Sakura-themed display. I was amazed at the size of the trees the museum staff brought into the Show Room for planting – and even more amazed to see the huge trees lifted and replaced just a few days later once the blossoms had begun to fade.

Quite a magnificent display, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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As well as helping the team to get the museum ready for the Sakura display Tomoko challenged me to design and create a Japanese-style vertical garden to replace the one that Phil and I had created a few weeks earlier. I had a choice of materials but chose to use Kawara tiles (traditional grey roof tiles), which Tomoko has been using for garden design work for many years. Before I started work on a design I had a play around with a few different Kawara shapes and sizes to see how they fitted together.

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Using traditional Japanese kimono motifs as a guide I chose to design and made a Rimpa-style vertical garden screen. To give you an idea of Rimpa, here are some of the Rimpa screens I photographed earlier this month at Tokyo National Museum.

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As well as some modern Rimpa-style screens currently on display at Kiseki No Hoshi. Luckily for me Tomoko sensei really loves Rimpa too!

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Here is my very own Rimpa-inspired design.

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The pictures below show the creation of the screen from start to finish. I hope you like it! I had a lot of fun bringing the design to life – I’ve never done anything like this before so really relished the opportunity Tomoko sensei gave me!

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I went into the Triad Fellowship not really knowing in which particular horticultural avenue I want to take my career, but working at Kiseki No Hoshi has made me wonder if I want to pursue display horticulture once I finish my year as a Triad. Time will tell I guess…

 

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