Have a tabletop that's in dire need of a bit of decorative green? Add a miniature, enclosed garden -- a terrarium -- that will thrive year-round with minimal care.
Mon, Apr 12 2010 at 10:18 AM
When writing about the miniature mock landscapes
of photographer Matthew Alabanese and the window farming movement
last week, I never thought that these two seemingly disparate posts could be linked together. Well, they can be. Take miniature, self-contained "landscapes" and indoor gardening and what do you get? Terrariums.
If you’ve perused the home and garden section of a major newspaper, shopped around Etsy
, or regularly read a shelter blog, you’ve probably noticed that terrariums are all the rage. Combining gardening, DIY/crafting, creative upcycling, interior decorating, and a healthy dose of imagination, terrariums have come a long way since Wardian Cases
and the moss-and-a-plastic-mushroom-in-a-pickle-jar days.
Below you’ll find a dozen eye-catching, living room-friendly terrariums of all shapes and sizes that are decidedly not for kids
and range in price from under $50 to over $500. Some come empty — fill ‘em with flora as you see fit — while others have already been filled with lilliputian landscapes.
That said, creating and keeping a terrarium can require a bit of guidance. Excellent resources include The Fern and Mossery
, a jillion Design*Sponge
and Apartment Therapy
posts, Tovah Martin’s The New Terrarium
, this recent slideshow
over at Dwell and, last but not least, Terrarium.com
. And although the 12 terrariums below are terrific as described, you can also save a few bucks and try starting from scratch by repurposing a variety of household objects — vintage apothecary jars
, light bulbs
, wine bottles,
salt and pepper shakers, fish bowls, cookie jars, and the list goes on and on — into terrarium vessels.
Modern Bubble Dome Terrarium Tabletop or Wall Mounted @ Pop Deluxe ($34.99 - plants not included)
Mateo Cibic's Domsai Terrariums @ A+R Store
(6 designs/$150 each - plants not included)
Bird & Nest Cloche @ terrain
($36 - plants not included)
Recycled Glass Terrarium @ Viva Terra
($79 w/plants; $49 w/out plants)
JeffreyJamesModern Fern-tastic Terrarium @ Etsy
($350+ - plants/materials included)
Pedestal Terrarium @ terrain
($88 - plants not included)
Lítill Terrariums @ Lítill
($125 - 500; various sizes - plants/materials included)
Roost Recycled Glass Bubble Terrariums @ Velocity Art and Design
($99 - 165; various sizes - plants not included)
DP:1 Recycled Utility Meter Box Terrarium @ Sprout Home
($150 - plants included)
tinyterra Light Bulb Terrarium @ Etsy
($46 - plants included)
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