ISSUE 86  |  To the Beach

Wonders of the World: Hanging Seashell Gardens

August 21, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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.

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

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

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

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

Above: A miniature terrarium at Opus Studio.

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

For more photos of our favorite floral designs, see our library of the World’s Best Florists.