Author(s): Clea Cregan
Create miniature landscapes for your home or office, or as unique gifts for loved ones
Terrariums offer the perfect green solution for the apartment or city dweller who is starved of nature but lacks space, time, or patience for outdoor projects. Now everyone can create a miniature landscape, all arranged within a clear glass container.
Miniscapes guides you step-by-step through the process of putting together your own beautiful living sculpture that can be adored all year round. It offers 16 innovative projects that cover four different biomes: Desert, Forest, Carnivorous, and Air plants. Each project can be adapted to use equipment you already have at home, tapping into the upcycled/recycled trend. It covers all the basics of soil and rocks, moss, tools, propagation, choosing your plants and containers, and assembling your tiny landscape. 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.