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Issue 86 · To the Beach · August 21, 2013

Wonders of the World: Hanging Seashell Gardens

Issue 86 · To the Beach · August 21, 2013

Spotted via Urban Gardens Web, floral designer Marissa Pretorius' Opus Studio in Cape Town has a way with seashells we couldn't resist.

Photographs via Opus.

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Above: Pretorius, a refuge from the advertising industry, created Opus Studio in 2010. For more of her story, see Urban Gardens Web.

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Above: While experimenting with floral design, Pretorius became an admirer of Japanese kokedama. Hanging moss balls are an Opus Studio signature arrangement.

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Above: Naturalists, take note. Taxidermy is a natural complement to botanical arrangements.

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Above: Philodendrons, succulents, and orchids are low maintenance choices that Pretorius recommends for hanging seashell gardens.

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Above: A miniature terrarium at Opus Studio.

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Above: More suspended animation from Opus: olive branches woven into a wreath.

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