Sun, Dec 15, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The typical New York City window space most closely resembles a desert environment -- The air dry and warm, the sunlight intense at times, and water can be scarce, depending on who is home. Most terrarium plants, and many houseplants for that matter, perish fast when exposed to the full-on light of the sun for just a few hours. Your windowsill may be arid and bleak, but it does not have to be devoid of foliage.
One of the simplest and easy-to-maintain terrariums is the desert landscape. The cacti and succulents that thrive in dry air and intermittent watering are also some of the most peculiar and dazzling plants found in nature. And while most true terrariums require careful regulation of humidity, desert plants thrive in the driest conditions NYC summers and winters can throw at them.
In this three-hour course you'll make your own desert terrarium inside a container you bring with you, using plants, soil and materials provided by us. With techniques inspired mostly by 70's illustrations and common sense, you'll learn how to safely plant a cactus in a tight spot, how to fashion a miniature tumbleweed, and how to layer sand to give your terrarium that grand canyon look.
Some terrarium choices include: mason, pickle and candle jars, small fishbowls and aquariums, vases, beakers and flasks, large drinking glasses and brandy snifters, cake stands and clear cookie jars, or just about any glass container 4 - 8 inches in diameter and at least 6 inches tall. Open to such variations as a collection of small cordial glasses or votives. Of course, if you happen to have an unused hand-blown glass terrarium just sitting around, this is the perfect opportunity to replant it.
Class usually lasts about 2.5-3 hours, depending on how quickly you work!
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