Author(s): Clea Cregan
The idea of growing plants in containers is certainly not a new one. Sea travellers in the 1700's would use sealed transparent cases to transport plants on long journeys by sea. Merchants would import ferns, orchids and exotic plants from warmer areas in the world. They were an effective way of controlling temperature and moisture levels thus keeping the plants alive. Today, terrariums are the perfect type of garden for the apartment or city dweller starved of nature and lacking space, time or patience for maintenance. A terrarium is a miniature landscape with small plants, rocks, soil, moss all within a clear glass container. These tiny gardens often simulate real life landscapes. This book will guide you step-by-step through the process of putting together your own beautiful living sculpture that can be adored all year round, whatever the weather outside. 16 projects cover four different biomes: Desert, Forest, Carnivorous, Air plants. Each project can be adapted to use equipment you already have at home, tapping into the upcycled/recycled trend. Miniscapes covers all the basics of soil and rocks, moss, tools, propagation, choosing your plants and containers and assembling your tiny landscape. You will learn the skills to create and maintain your own healthy happy terrariums that are cheap to create and super easy to maintain. Terrariums bring people and nature together without even going outside.
Clea Cregan caught the terrarium bug about 7 years ago. Browsing through a country op shop she stubbled upon a beautiful worn book about terrarium gardening from 1975. The pages were filled with beautiful photos of captivating miniature environments, tiny little landscapes enclosed in glass. The appeal, that once established, these gardens would be self-sufficient and would need little care was very appealing. Perfect for the lazy gardener. The connection was instant, soon Clea was filling any glass vessels she could find with these little green worlds. She scoured the internet, thrift shops and markets for interesting glass shapes and quirky objects to put her miniature gardens inside. Terrariums brought together her love of design, nature and anything 'mini'. Clea Cregan created Miniscapes, her terrarium-making business about seven years ago while still working full-time in the film industry. She was instantly hooked by the tactile nature of the craft - working with her hands and making something beautiful, organic and sustainable. As the popularity of terrariums started to grow it wasn't long before Clea was fielding requests from workplaces, events companies and even restaurants. Miniscapes continues to be at the forefront of the terrarium revival and remains one of the leaders in terrarium gardening. Miniscapes is regularly featured in magazines and newspapers.