Following the growing spotlight on sustainability, Laneway WV is focusing on green living in June, hosting its two hour Kokedama Workshop, where locals can create the sitting and standing bonsai plants.

Kokedama, a free-form hanging moss accent, is a combination of the nearai, bonsai and kusamono planting styles. This Japanese planting style can make use of limited space on balconies and verandahs and the mossy fittings can carry a variety of plants, including bromeliads, orchids and succulents. The plant’s root system is simply wrapped in sphagnum moss and bound with string, transforming it into a sculptual art form.

Workshop attendees will create and take home one sitting moss ball and one hanging moss ball (two plants and all materials are included). Mikiko will first outline the soil mixture, plants and other special ingredients required, then provide essential tips for the ongoing care of the Kokedama plants. Each attendee will be provided with a glass of champagne on arrival. The workshops are scheduled for the weekend of the 9 to 10 June and the 16 to 17 June from 10am to 12pm.

Tickets are $95 each and include a two hour Kokedama workshop, conducted by Japanese florist, Mikiko Inoue. Mikiko is the manager of Kent Florist, located in Paddington, and has worked as a florist and wedding planner for more than 18 years. Her experience in both traditional and Ikebana floristry has seen her work in many fields.

West Village has been accredited with an environmental World Leadership standard following the achievement of Six Green Star – Communities certification. West Village is transforming into an inner-city oasis in celebration of the up and coming precinct’s commitment to the environment. During June, Laneway WV will see a variety of activities and workshops dedicated to green living, creativity and community.

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