Cool Spring Press. and is comprehensive in its coverage of this subject. Maria talks us through the core things we need to know before setting us off into how to start to put a terrarium together. We learn about different designs, the ingredients needed, the tools and of course, the glass vessels.
There is a very useful section on inspiration as there is more to terrariums than just stuffing plants into a bottle. The type of vessel chosen will help shape the look you are trying to achieve and consequently the type of plants that you will choose. Terrariums have moved on from being just a large glass bottle, you can use almost any (usually glass) container; they can be hanging or in over-large wine glasses. The joy of the terrarium is that it is a no-fuss way of growing something beautiful.
There is discussion about the growing mediums and various gravels and mosses that complete the look. I soon realised that reading the book was one thing, but what I really still wanted to do, most of all, was make a terrarium. This made me read the book even more carefully.
I found a large globe that was is meant to be a candle lantern, but I had never used it. It seemed to me to be perfect for what I was looking for. A quick trip to the local garden centre later and I had a handful of small cheap plants and some gravel. Not just any gravel, multi-coloured gravel as they did not have any plain black gravel.
I re-read the parts of the book that I needed to and proceeded to put my terrarium together.
Having now made a terrarium, that is sitting proudly on my kitchen table at the moment, I can thoroughly recommend this book. It told me what I needed to know and it inspired me to give it a go.