Since spotting London Terrariums’ beautiful miniature gardens in Ernest Journal, making a terrarium has been high up on my wish list.

Terrariums were, initially, a Victorian obsession.  Originally used as a means of transporting botanical specimens on long sea voyages, a terrarium is essentially a controlled microclimate, which means that once the two week incubation period has passed, this miniature garden shouldn’t need much attention.


You can either make an ‘open’ or ‘closed’ terrarium.  Open vessels are best for succulents and cacti, and closed containers for tropical humidity-loving plants such as mosses, orchids, ferns and air-plants.

When I set out to make my terrarium I’d somehow missed this vital bit of information – I think actually I’d chosen to miss it – on one hand I was really excited about foraging in my local park for some mosses and ferns, but also really wanted to pop a succulent in there.  The result … a very pretty looking open terrarium for about two weeks until everything died except for the succulent and the plastic dinosaur … oops!  Well at least you won’t make the same mistake now…


These magical worlds – when thought out properly – make brilliant presents, and there are bundles of terrarium tutorials over on our Terrarium Inspiration board on Pinterest.  You can either teach yourself, buy a kit, or try out one of London Terrariums’ workshops.  It’s £60 for a two hour workshop – I haven’t tried one myself but they come highly recommended.


If you make a terrarium, we’d love to see it!  Share pictures of your green fingered success using the hashtag  #MadeWithMolly and tag us @mollyandthewolf.  Also, if you have any terrarium tips, tutorials or workshops to recommend, we’d love to know.

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