Japanese Holiday Decoration Part 1: Kokedama (Moss ball)
Selected date Saturday December 7
Selected time 10:00 AM  –  11:30 PM

Welcome to Japanese Holiday Decoration: Kokedama (Moss ball) Workshop on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.


What is a Kokedama? The name comes from “koke” meaning moss and “dama” meaning ball. It is a form of Japanese garden art that is centuries old and a unique and beautiful way to display plants and flowers for the New Year!

The moss sphere is the focal point of the display, supported by decorative plants and ornaments. For the Japanese, this time of the year (December), the concept of “purifying” is very important which includes cleaning the home or office, settling old debts, encouraging blessing and also welcoming and celebrating a fresh New Year.

This workshop will help you understand the Japanese tradition for welcoming in the New Year and meaning behind all of the exquisite Japanese materials we use for decoration.

It will include a complete kit with all decorative materials. This makes it easy for the beginner to simply assemble the arrangement with step-by-step instruction to bring good luck to your home.


All materials used will be gathered from the Japanese Friendship Garden.


Check-in time at Gift Shop: 9:45 a.m.
The workshop will begin at: 10:00 p.m.


(Please join us to see FREE Kadomatsu demonstration  by our curator, Ben Schrepf  from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

kadomatsu (literally "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes. For the Japanese, this time of the year means purification rituals, such as cleaning one's home and office, settling old debts, encouraging blessings, and also to welcome ancestral spirits or kami (Sprits of nature) of the harvest.


COMBO (Kokedama & Shimenawa) WORKSHOP
​Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fee: General $70/Member $65 ( Garden Admission included )

We are hosting two workshops. One is Kokedama and other is Shimanawa.

Order COMBO with discount price!



Your prompt arrival will ensure a more pleasurable experience not only for yourself  but for the other participants as well.


The Garden is located at 1125 North 3rd Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and Latham (2 blocks North of Roosevelt). Parking is available at the garden.


When riding the Light Rail, exit at the Central and Roosevelt stop. The Garden is located on the west side of the rail, 0.3 miles from the station; it is directly behind the Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix), just north of Portland Avenue. The Garden entrance is across the parking lot at 1125 N. 3rd Avenue.


Cancellation & Refund Policies

All classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be subject to cancellation at the Garden's discretion. The Garden will contact registered participants in classes affected by cancellations and offer refunds or placement in an alternate class. 

Workshop/program participants who withdraw from a class/program at least ten business days prior to the scheduled workshop/program start date may receive a full refund on their registration. (A “business day” is defined as M-F.)

Refunds will not be given to workshop/program participants who withdraw from a class after the first class has been held.


Missed Classes

Workshop/program participants who do not show up to the workshop/program without notification before the scheduled workshop/program must forfeit their payment and reservation.



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