Plant Matrix by Godefroy de Virieu

plant matrix by Godefroy de Virieu

I have been wanting to experiment with willow whips for making planted garden features like tunnels, walls and fun things that the kids might enjoy.  But this living design by Godefroy de Virieu (the same guy behind the BagSac) has simply taken my breath away.   The gorgoeous shape of the basket container would catch my eye even if it wasn’t a living plant.

Virieu Godefroy collaborated with the cooperative basketry cooperative, Villaines-les-Rochers,  to work with a  wicker material that stays alive a when cut. If the braiding is conducted between late November and March, the “matrix” is ready to receive good potting soil and watering. After a month shoots will sprout and become covered with leaves.  Suddenly, underwater basket-weaving is actually calling to me…. Who can teach me how to do this!!

found via haute nature

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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