Terrariums are becoming more and more trendy these days as people seem to have grown a liking towards minimalism. Before we start, we need to know what a terrarium is; the word Terrarium refers to a sealed or open glass container that includes soil and plants within. Terrariums can contain several different plants to fit different themes, and some might even include flowers in terrariums.
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1. History of Terrariums
Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward discovered terrariums - known as Wardian cases - in 1842 when he sealed a moth pupa in a glass jar to observe insect behaviour. He had noticed organisms thriving in the environment and experimented with more plants, including those that were not native to England. From Ward's discovery, the concept of the self-regulating ecosystem was born and the Wardian cases gain popularity among botanists and scientists alike. (VaseSource, 2018)
Today, most terrariums are kept as decoration around homes and offices. There has been a resurgence of interest in owning a terrarium as the creation of one has become simplified over the years. Considering how terrariums enhance a place's look with a touch of nature, this isn't surprising at all. Moreover, terrariums are small, making them perfect as a small greenery piece within today's modern living space. The fact that terrariums need very little attention and maintenance also makes them extremely attractive for the busy society.
2. Types Of Terrarium Plants
There are actually many types of plants you can nurture in a terrarium. A popular choice would be succulents, which are famous for their low maintenance. However, should you venture and make your terrarium with other types? Let us explain more below!
Also known as the mosaic plant, the Fittonia Nerve plant originates from South America. The plant belonging to a tropical species gets an all year round green allure. It is coupled with beautiful veins that contrast with the olive green, in beautiful colours such as silver white and pink. This plant detests direct sunlight and instead prefers indirect light and thrives well under fluorescent lights. In addition to needing little water to sustain itself, the Fittonia plant is a match made in heaven for a terrarium.
Resembling a tiny rubber plant, Peperomia make great houseplants because they are low maintenance, and clean the air. They generally have thick stout stems and fleshy leaves. Peperomia can often be used in combination with ferns for the best aesthetic look. They are usually easy to maintain, requiring constant damp soil, which makes them ideal for a terrarium.
If you're looking to build an open terrarium, carnivorous plants can be chosen for a more unique setup. (Please do not put carnivorous plants into closed terrariums.) The most common carnivorous plants would be the Venus Fly Trap or Butterworts. Aside from making your terrarium look extremely cool, these plants can actually help to catch the unwanted bugs in your room. However, it is important to note that the plant might not be able to catch any food. Hence, you should feed your carnivorous insects occasionally.
Next up on the list are finally succulents. As the word succulent implies, these plants have thick and juicy parts, capable of holding the liquid in them to ensure survival in the arid climate. Along with their differentiated appearance, this unique quality makes their kind suitable for living in a terrarium – to look attractive and not be needy (of water). Some of the famous succulents we are probably acquainted with are Aloe Vera and Cacti. Similar to carnivorous plants, open terrariums are more suitable for succulents.
3. Open Vs Closed Terrariums
Open terrariums are not enclosed with lids. Instead, the plants could be popping out of the containers. They have drier conditions as they are open to the air and hence need to be watered frequently. On the other hand, a closed terrarium is covered with a lid to allow a water cycle to be established within the glass. The moisture from the soil and plants evaporates then condenses on the side of the glass container and falls back to the plants and soils at the bottom. With the cycle repeating, closed terrariums are self-sufficient.
Closed or open, caution should be taken not to place any terrarium under direct sunlight as it may cause the plants to overheat. For more details, please read The Difference Between Open and Closed Terrariums.
A huge part of why people love making their own terrariums is customizing them to their taste. At The Fun Empire, we offer a wide variety of figurines to choose from when you make your terrarium with us!
- Cartoon Characters
- Farm Animals & Pets
- Buildings & Structures
- Trees, Greenery & More
5. Types of Terrarium Workshops
Individual Terrarium Workshops
For the individual terrarium workshop, participants would each be building their terrariums from scratch. At the end of the workshop, everyone would get to take back their personalized terrarium! Experienced and trained facilitators would guide the workshop so that it is suitable for all abilities! One need not worry about having any background in gardening or handling plants as participants would also be advised on how to care for the terrarium to make it last.
Group Terrarium Workshops
Group terrariums are slightly different; within a group, participants would have to work together to build one terrarium from scratch. They would be making a bigger terrarium as well! Similar to the individual terrarium, the workshop would be led by trained and experienced facilitators, and they would not need to have any background.
6. What events are Terrarium Workshops good for?
A terrarium-making workshop is pretty suitable for a wide range of activities! The Fun Empire can bring the workshop to your space, be it the office or a function room. Below, we recommend the best situations for a terrarium workshop based on feedback
1. Team Building
Terrarium making is a great team-building activity because it promotes the skills of teamwork. Conducted within a relaxing ambience and laid-back setting, it eases teams into a relaxed state, facilitating sharing ideas quickly. Not only does it hone communication and listening, but it also allows teams to get to know each other on a deeper level. Who knows, maybe it will be a time you discover your team has some great artisans!
Whether you are meeting friends over the weekends or colleagues, terrarium making is a great way to spend the time! For starters, there will be an activity to bond over that minimizes feeling awkwardness. It is also perfect because it is a therapeutic activity that can release the stresses and tension from the workweek. You will forget about your troubles for a bit when you come for terrarium making!
2. Interest Group Activities
If you need to plan an activity for your school's green club or you would like to gather with your eco-warrior friends, they would be more than happy to take on a terrarium making workshop. Not only is terrarium making good for the environment (more plants, yay), but it is also good for one's health. With people adopting healthier lifestyles and making changes to more natural healing, owning a terrarium is a good way.
A terrarium making workshop would make a novel birthday activity for an earth-loving person. With a meaningful activity like the terrarium, it could be the gift itself! This would be an excellent choice for someone who wants a more relaxing birthday party!
4. Skill Picking
Although it is simple, a terrarium workshop may seem intimidating to some. That is why we recommend our terrarium public workshop, where you can sign up and learn to make a terrarium under our facilitators' guidance! Moreover, you could even make new friends while you're at it!
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