The scientific evidence of gardening offering major health benefits to human beings is found in a 2017 report conducted by two Japanese and one UK professors in the fifth edition of the journal of preventive medicine. And not only in terms of psychological well-being, but also those who practice different techniques of growing flowers or plants have a healthier body mass index, a lower chance of suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and a better quality of life in general, accompanied by a greater sense of community.
The truth is that plants treat thousands of people who grow, care for or harvest them in their greenhouse and farm, across various disciplines. But as winter is here and there are increasingly fewer possibilities for plants to be grown and shared outdoors, we have three Japanese methods of gardening that can be studied from the house or from the balcony without going out and in all seasons.
Kokedamas are potless plants which are protected by cocoa fibers or moose, shielding them from the outside. This technique is the easiest of all three in Japan, so if you do not have a previous gardening experience or if green fingers have not yet grown, kokedama is a great starting point in the horticultural world. In addition, you can use plants you have already in the house to offer a new look or revitalize in order to build a kokedama.
A relative of bonsai, this technique is used specifically to strengthen common and easily discovered plants like ivy, bamboo or ferns. It makes it possible to pose the conventional in a completely different way because kokedamas have no bowl, just a spherical base consisting of mousse or cocoon, which can be suspended from the ceiling with strings or supported on a surface.
Ikebana simply means holding the flowers alive and is Japan’s conception of defining Japan’s most common technique of flower arrangement. But while a bouquet of flowers in the west is simply an item in which they are symmetrically arranged into a cluster or vase, the ikebana is a lot more complicated. It is a full technique learned in special academies and has numerous branches and schools.
The argument in common: they all offer a feeling of calm and peace of mind to those who practice it. So if you want to learn more about this discipline, which uses ratio techniques, rule of thirds, negative spaces so minimalism to achieve floral arrangements with context in which each feature fulfills a role within composition.
Bonsai is the art of growing small trees that mimic the form and size of their depictions of life. The most complex of the three Japanese gardening methods is a Zen Buddhism practice.
Although it’s not an easy technique to learn and needs practice, perseverance and patience, the time to start growing your own bonsai is always good. So the earlier you plant it, the quicker the fruits can be seen.