Ultimate Guide To Terrarium Workshop
July 2, 2019 by The Fun Empire Team
Terrariums are becoming more and more incorporated with the trends these days as people seem to grow a liking towards minimalism. Before we start, we need to know what a terrarium is; The word terrarium refers to a sealed glass container that includes soil and plants within. Terrariums can contain several different plants to fit different themes. Some people might even try to recreate landscapes in nature with these plants, and some might even include flowers in terrariums.
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All About Terrariums
1. Background of terrarium
Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward discovered terrariums (known as Wardian case back then) when he sealed a moth and some mould in a glass jar to observe insect behaviour. A week later, he noticed fern spores and grass germinating in the jar, which he left under sunlight. He continued to leave one of the jars sealed for four years. However, it died as a result of bad air. He then tested it out on a glazed wooden case and found ferns thriving in it.
From Nathaniel's discovery, the concept of the self-regulating ecosystem was born. It went on to benefit the trade economy then as plants could survive long sea journeys. It even broke China's monopoly over tea leaves as India could now ship their tea leaves.
Today, most terrariums are kept as a decoration around homes and offices. There is a resurgence of interest in owning a terrarium today from the 1970s when it was an iconic home décor. That isn't surprising, though, considering how terrariums enhance the place's look with a touch of nature! Moreover, terrariums are small, making them perfect for owning a small greenery piece with the modern living space.
Last, of all, the fact that it needs very little attention and maintenance makes it great for busy people.
2. Types Of Terrarium Plants
There are actually many types of terrarium suitable plants you can nurture in your jar. You might have seen succulents, which tend to be more popular on the market. However, should you venture and make your terrarium with other types? We explain more below!
There is no plant more fitting to be the first suggestion than the Fittonia Nerve plant. Also known as the mosaic plant, this plant has its roots in the South America rainforest. The plant is a tropical species, getting an all year round green allure, coupled with beautiful veins that contrast with the olive green, such as silver white and pink. Not all Fittonia have the same colour scheme, but they all look distinctively elegant with the secondary coloured veins. Moreover, the plant thrives in a terrarium setting. It detests direct sunlight instead of preferring the fluorescent light and also needing little water to sustain itself. In a non-terrarium setting, this plant could be a piece of work to handle, which is why it is a match made in heaven for the terrarium.
Next up on the list are the 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 the cacti subgroup.
Do note that a sealed terrarium will not be suitable for the succulent. Hence, succulents are better for an open terrarium! (We will talk more about closed and open terrariums below.
If I had to pick one plant for my very own terrarium, I would pick the Venus Fly Trap. It's like keeping a pet demon in my room whose favourite snack happens to be Singaporean's greatest enemy, the annoying Mosquitoes.
With fang-like jaws ready to be unleashed, it is a badass looking terrarium. A point to note, while the plant can survive without insect food for a month or two, if it fails to find its prey, someone has to feed it a live one somehow. Still, this is no reason to stop having a mosquito rattrap.
If the fangs are not your preferred weapons of choice, the pitcher plant has its bottomless pit and the Butterworts with its sticky trap. The arsenal is plentiful to choose from.
However, the carnivorous plant is incapable of surviving in a closed terrarium, so you would have to have an open one.
While the Peperomia species look luscious, there is no distinct characteristic outside, like that of the cacti or Fittonia species. Though generally, they do have thick stout stems and fleshy leaves. These 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.
3. Closed Vs Open Terrariums
Open terrariums are not a self-sustaining ecosystem because they do not have a water cycle with water vapour escaping into the atmosphere. This means that they have to be watered regularly. Open terrariums are suitable for most plants as, but they are better for succulents and carnivorous plants!
On the other hand, a closed terrarium is what we usually think of at the mention of a terrarium. They tend to be covered with a lid to allow a water cycle to be established within the glass. While only light is needed, caution needs to be taken not to place a light under direct sunlight as it may cause the plants to overheat. Closed terrariums do need watering as much; around once a month is sufficient.
4. Figurines Used To Design Terrarium
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!
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5. Types of Terrarium Workshops
At The Fun Empire, we offer two main types of 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 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 Is Terrarium 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. Pick up a new skill
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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