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December 14th, 2010 | Posted in Art, House Plants, Think Spring | 0 Comments |

Miniature Gardens: Terrariums, landscape, Moss bog, alphabetmoss

Miniature Gardens: Terrariums

My winter antidote. I have been making terrariums since I first saw one when I was 12 years old. It was late winter, snow was falling in the cold March air, and my eye spied a miniature green world enclosed in a glass orb behind a florist shop window. This initial fascination has stuck. When time permits, in the fall as the light and temperature outside begin to drop, I start to gather plants, twigs, and stones for the imagined assemblage. I prefer simple arrangements of found objects, smooth stones from the Lake Superior shore, painted twigs, tiny-leaved plants and mosses. The allure of the child-like collection of figurines and creatures hiding amid colorful stones and mini knolls has faded for me, but when I sees these clever arrangements I’m transported back to my child play of making tiny, detailed worlds in terrariums and aquariums. Pictured above is one of a few I created in late October for myself and friends. I am on the lookout year-round for vessels to repurpose; large vintage glass mayonnaise jars, decanters, and fish bowls to make terrariums in new shapes. Try your hand at designing little primordial landscapes that require little gardening know-how. A comprehensive step-by-step guide to make your own terrarium is available at Anchor Aquarium Service