Healthy, Green Design: How to Make a Terrarium

| 4/7/2011 10:45:19 AM

Stephanie Nickolson headshotStephanie Nickolson has designed residential, commercial and eco-conscious environments for more than 24 years. Her firm, Stephanie Nickolson Design, promotes the use of sustainable, non-toxic, recyclable and environmentally-friendly products and services. The firm works largely with clients who have allergies, chemical sensitivies or who have children with special needs. 

In honor of Earth Day month, I thought I'd share the art of creating  terrariums, small little indoor gardens typically enclosed in glass bowls or jars. They are beautiful in any room on a table or shelf, and they are also a great activity for kids to participate in. To make a terrarium, you can use a goldfish bowl, fish tank, large bottle or jar. The only requirements is that it have a restricted neck or opening that can be covered with glass or clear plastic. Some plant suggestions are the following:

• Acorus
• Begonia rex (small leaved)
• Calathea
• Cryptanthus
• Dracaena sanderiana
• Ferns
• Ficus pumila
• Fittonia
• Hedera helix (small-leaved)
• Maranta
• Neanthe bella
• Pellionia
• Peperomia
• Pilea
• Saxifraga sarmentosa
• Selaginella

A fabulous site to obtain information as well as supplies to build a terrarium is Teresa's Plants & More Store.

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Bring nature inside with a homemade terrarium. Photo By Monica Müller/Courtesy Flickr. 

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