The idea of growing plants in containers is certainly not a new one. Sea travellers in the 1700's would use sealed transparent cases to transport plants on long journeys by sea. Merchants would import ferns, orchids and exotic plants from warmer areas in the world. They were an effective way of controlling temperature and moisture levels thus keeping the plants alive.
Today, terrariums are the perfect type of garden for the apartment or city dweller starved of nature and lacking space, time or patience for maintenance. A terrarium is a miniature landscape with small plants, rocks, soil, moss all within a clear glass container. These tiny gardens often simulate real life landscapes. This book will guide you step-by-step through the process of putting together your own beautiful living sculpture that can be adored all year round, whatever the weather outside.
16 projects cover four different biomes:
- Air plants
Each project can be adapted to use equipment you already have at home, tapping into the upcycled/recycled trend. Miniscapes
covers all the basics of soil and rocks, moss, tools, propagation, choosing your plants and containers and assembling your tiny landscape. You will learn the skills to create and maintain your own healthy happy terrariums that are cheap to create and super easy to maintain.
Terrariums bring people and nature together without even going outside.
About the Author
Clea Cregan caught the terrarium bug about 7 years ago. Browsing through a country op shop she stubbled upon a beautiful worn book about terrarium gardening from 1975. The pages were filled with beautiful photos of captivating miniature environments, tiny little landscapes enclosed in glass. The appeal, that once established, these gardens would be self-sufficient and would need little care was very appealing. Perfect for the lazy gardener. The connection was instant, soon Clea was filling any glass vessels she could find with these little green worlds.
"A must-have for green-thumbed crafty people." - Better Homes & Gardens
"This adorable terrarium DIY handbook should come with a warning label, because you will fall in love with the tiny glass vessels filled with miniature plants, polished stones, moss and layers of soil and sand." - Yen
is the perfect partner to get you on your way to creating your own miniature green worlds." - New Idea?
"It’s a surprisingly dense and detailed read, filled with beautiful photographs and all the info you need to create your very own terrariums at home." The Design Files
"A cute, detailed and user-friendly guide to making your own magnificent mini-forests or micro-deserts." The Weekend West, Weekend West Magazine
"[a] delightful guide to DIY terrariums." - Publishers Weekly