Terrariums: The Desert Landscape

at Brooklyn Brainery - Park Slope

Course Details
$50 6 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Dec 15, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Park Slope, Brooklyn
1110 8th Ave
Btwn 11th & 12th Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Ben DiMatteo

What you'll learn in this terrarium class:

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.

Topics covered:

  • a brief history of indoor gardening
  • basic plant physiology
  • different terrarium styles to mimic different environments
  • choosing plants for your terrarium
  • how to make your own tools using common household items
  • principles of miniature landscaping
  • how to care for your terrarium

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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Refund Policy
If you're looking for a refund or class credit, you need to back out of the class a full week before it starts. (No exceptions!) We know it's draconian, but since we aren't charging an arm and a leg and have to buy all our materials in advance, it's kinda hard to deal with last-minute bailings.

We also can't transfer registrations to a future session of the class. Sorry!

Instead of dropping out if you have a schedule conflict, a better idea is to ask around and see if any of your friends want the spot. We can't give you a refund less than a week out, even if there's a wait list for the class. 

Regarding bad weather, we generally only cancel classes if the subway system stops running. If traveling during snowstorms might be an issue for you, please take this into account before registering for a class.  


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