February 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
1840 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
$45 JCCCNC Members, $55 General Public
Matt Okada, Director of Programs

Kokedama Workshop

Friday, February 16, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tomomi Yoshida
$45 JCCCNC Members
$55 General Public





Learn how to make a kokedama to add a touch of natural greenery to any space! Related to the art of cultivating miniature bonsai trees, koke (moss) dama (ball) is a centuries-old form of Japanese garden art where a moss ball is the focal and supporting point for a sculpted tree or plant. The moss ball is fixed to a platform or suspended from string with the plant growing out from the sphere. Kokedama is the practice of taking the root ball of a plant and suspending it in a ball of mud and soil, which is then coated with soft green moss. It is a living planter as well as a distinctive display piece. They may be fixed to a piece of driftwood or bark, suspended from a string or nestled in a clear, attractive container. Workshop includes all materials needed to create a kokedama, participants are encouraged to bring clothes or an apron that can get dirty and to bring a container to carry the kokedama home.

About Tomomi Yoshida: Tomomi is a visiting garden and landscape designer based in Tokyo, Japan. She has been practicing garden and landscape design for 10 years, and works with bonsai and kokedama. She started working with kokedama because she has always loved moss, and fondly remembers the mossy rocks in her parents’ garden as a child. Tomomi’s birthday flower is also moss! As a Japanese-style gardener apprentice her appreciation and connection to bonsai and garden plants extended to developing a sense of familiarity with the plants themselves, and the notion that house and garden plants embody the memories and essence of one’s home to nurture them.