In August the effervescent Tovah Martin came to the Sharon Audubon Center to share her enthusiasm about the little worlds she creates and celebrates in her book “The New Terrarium”, published by Timber Press.
She compared the terrariums of the 1960’s which were like science experiments to those of today which are works of art – miniature worlds of calm. As you can see, all sorts of containers work for her, and many of which she finds in thrift shops for pennies.
When the Bride and Groom came for Labor Day weekend, we hiked the Appalachian Trail and made terrariums. They are fun and simple to make. Above are our containers and Tovah’s book. It is best to work with a container that you can easily get your hand in – we are not building ships in a bottle!
Given the small diameter of our containers, we used mostly plants from 2” pots. Terrain in Westport CT features terrarium containers and the plants as well as Tovah’s book. You don’t need specialist plants, however, just split a larger plant into two or three to use in containers. The supermarkets often have little plants.
Let’s start with the layers. First the stones – a layer of 3/8” stones will allow best the circulation of water. Add a small handful of horticultural charcoal and mix it in. This will keep the water sweet. We’ve mixed this together before putting a one inch layer in the containers.
You may soon become an addict finding all sorts of containers and plants to use. Best to buy Tovah’s book to really learn how to do it – a great project for school kids or a garden club workshop…. and be sure to have fun!