Fedor van der Valk's String Gardens are Anything but Simple

Fedor van der Valk Photo

Photo credit: Annelie Brujin
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You may not know Fedor van der Valk by name, but chances are you know his work. Fedor's string gardens have graced the pages of books and the posts of numerous websites over the past few years. When I was in Holland last month, I saw his works displayed in several shop windows. His string gardens capture the imagination with their suspended, unexpected beauty. Recently, Fedor sat down to answer some of my questions about his work. Even though he warned me: "My English vocabulary is not that rich. It's a bit simple," I think you'll agree his responses and work are anything but. If you've never seen his string gardens before, prepare to have your breath taken away. If you're already familiar with his work, well, prepare to have your breath taken away yet again. Let's take a look at his gorgeous gardens of the air.

String Garden Photo

Photo credit: Annelie Brujin

CasaSugar: How long has this project been in existence?

Fedor van der Valk: [I've worked on the string gardens] for three years on this scale, but I've been experimenting with plants and crocheted work for almost six.

Red Hanging Flower Photo

Photo credit: Annelie Brujin

CS: Is there a type of plant that's easiest to use in a string garden?

FV: Yes, geraniums, asparagus, flower bulbs, and citrus shrubs/trees. The only plants I have had bad luck with so far are poppies, and I love poppies. The first year they were a big success, but never since.


Photo credit: Annelie Brujin

CS: What about Japanese gardens inspired the string gardens?

FV: I've always liked bonsai very much but I don't have the discipline or patience. I'm afraid I don't know much about different garden styles.

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