Kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays. The name is composed of two Japanese characters– “grass” and “thing”—which together suggest humble, everyday plants or even weeds. Originally, this name referred to the small, potted grasses displayed next to bonsai as accent plants.
More recently, creating kusamono has developed into an art form of its own. A well-chosen kusamono reflects the season in which it is displayed. Some compositions are designed to include plants that will look good in several seasons. Besides the season, a kusamono should suggest a specific natural habitat—such as a wetland, meadow or woodland. Whether using a single plant or a group of plants, there are three basic styles of planting: moss-ball, out-of-pot, or in a container.
Information above was obtained from U.S. National Arboretum website.
I had the honor again this year of creating containers for the U.S. and Canadian workshops taught by Young Choe, the nationally renowned kusamono artist from the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C.
Please visit Young Choe’s calendar for a full schedule of her workshops.
Below is a sampling of kusamonos offered. Click on the images to enlarge.