Description: Kokedama is a green moss ball that refers to a Japanese botanical art. The name is composed of two Japanese characters: "Ko ke" means moss, and "dama" means ball. In this hands-on workshop, Young Choe will introduce this unique and beautiful art. Participants will learn traditional planting methods, display techniques, and instructions for maintaining these miniature representations of nature. All materials are provided.
Young Choe studied traditional art-ink painting and calligraphy in her native Korea before moving to the United States. She obtained her BS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland. While volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, she was able to combine her artistic talent and her knowledge of horticulture to create Kusamono and Kokedama. She traveled to Japan to study this unique art form with master Kusamono artist Keiko Yamane. In the world outside the Museum, she worked with native plants at the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Plant Materials Center in Beltsville, MD. She also was a propagation horticulturist at the U.S. National Arboretum.