Terrariums Reimagined ~written by Kat Geiger~
Published by Ulysses Press 2013
Recently I was asked to review Terrariums Reimagined and as many things come back in fashion; indeed, why not revisit terrariums as an element for home decor.
The author, Kat Geiger has taken terrariums beyond what they’ve ever been before and her imagination for repurposing things from around the house is downright clever.
We’re all familiar with the Victorian era Wardian case, the perfect formal place to grow plants inside glass and she tells about the history of it.
Geiger goes on to say that plants and mosses are the heart and soul of the terrarium. You need to decide if you’re going to create a tropical or desert landscape and select the plants carefully for those light, water and soil conditions. Just as you need to know whether to place outdoor plants in full sun or shade, you have to understand that tropical plants and cacti don’t mix.
The only difference with desert plantings is to use a soil made specifically for cacti and in place of gravel, coloured sand might be chosen.
A section on children’s terrariums would be fun to introduce to youth gardeners or school groups for a project.
The light and water requirements for maintenance are reinforced at the end of the book to encourage the confidence for anyone to try their hand at designing a terrarium.
All photos are from the book, and I have to say this was a fun and inspiring read.
I'm linking with Holley at Roses and Other Gardening Joys for the June Garden Book Review.