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Miniature Terrariums

Remember my post on the tabletop “air plant” terrarium a few weeks ago?

MiniTerrariums Well, check out these miniature terrariums created by Amy Whitman, a horticulturist at Gardener’s Supply Company. She writes about these terrariums on the company’s gardening blog.

(You didn’t know that one of the major gardening catalogs had a blog? Oh yes! Many gardening companies are jumping into the blog-sphere these days.)

Amy created these unique mini-gardens in an assortment of glass containers as holiday gifts for her co-workers last year. She found the assorted glasses at a local thrift store and filled them with gravel, soil and tiny plants.

The blog post gives full instructions on creating these charming mini-gardens. The only thing I would do differently is to use a spoonful of charcoal instead of gravel. Charcoal will keep any standing water smelling sweet…just in case someone over waters.

I saw similar miniature terrariums at the San Fransisco Flower and Garden Show this year.


Of course these terrariums do not last forever. Depending upon what you grow, the plants can quickly outgrow the container. Succulents and mosses will probably last the longest.


But what a fun way to spruce up a dull office desk or a boring corner of your kitchen!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.