On The Rocks

November 5, 2014

These tillandsias are lifted into the air on slender wires, all the better to exhibit their graceful forms. Any stones would work for this project; we chose smooth river rocks.


  • 18-gauge silver floral wire (sold at craft stores)
  • Assorted stones

How to assemble the rock garden:

1. Start with a straight length of wire, about 18 inches long. Wrap the wire around a stone. Using needle-nose pliers, twist the wire tightly to secure it.

2. Snip one end of the wire at the twist. Form a loop at the end of the remaining length of wire, large enough for a tillandsia to nest in.

3. Cut more pieces of wire as desired to create supports of varying heights.

4. Line up your air plants on a windowsill for a modish collection of living art.

More information about tillandsias, display ideas, and how-to videos

Floral project designed by Mark Kintzel; Photography by Thomas MacDonald
Originally published in Organic Gardening magazine, December 2014/January 2015