New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature

New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature

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by Tovah Martin, Kindra Clineff
     
 

If you live in the city but want to be close to nature . . .
If you call the countryside home but have no time to step outside . . .
If you are confined to an office fifty hours a week . . .
If your home needs the soothing touch of the natural world . . .

In The New Terrarium, Tovah Martin, one of America’s favorite gardeners, introduces you

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If you live in the city but want to be close to nature . . .
If you call the countryside home but have no time to step outside . . .
If you are confined to an office fifty hours a week . . .
If your home needs the soothing touch of the natural world . . .

In The New Terrarium, Tovah Martin, one of America’s favorite gardeners, introduces you to the whimsical yet practical world of gardens under glass—a no-fuss way to bring snippets of nature indoors. Wherever you are, in whatever little time you have, terrariums are the perfect tool for nature lovers and gardeners everywhere.

With gorgeous photography, The New Terrarium reveals how this classic garden tool has been reimagined in a modern way. When encased in glass, plants thrive with almost no help from outside their little enclosed world, so you can host a plant almost anywhere—in your apartment where the air is dry or in your cubicle where there’s little natural light. Tucked inside something crystal and contained, the bounty of the forest or treasures from the beach or the meadow can merge seamlessly into your home or office environment. It’s amazing how some frothy fern fronds or colorful blossoms can transform a room by giving it a burst of vibrant green life.

With clear, simple step-by-step instructions and photographs to inspire and guide you along the way, Martin shares her years of experience growing and tending terrariums and shows how terrariums can enrich your life, including:

• different venues for cultivating your terrarium
• plants that flourish in these gardens under glass
• ideas and designs for creating your first terrarium
• how to care for and maintain the environment you’ve made

Martin has designed a unique range of imaginative terrarium projects, including ones that are suitable for children, enliven the seasons, incorporate plant propagation, and show off a nature collection. Whether you are a gardener or city-dwelling nature lover, The New Terrarium is the perfect way to spark your creativity, while helping you to bring your favorite plants into your home and giving them a place to thrive.

When nature is out of arm’s reach and you crave a little greenery, The New Terrarium can show you how to bring all the benefits of the outdoors close to you.

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Editorial Reviews

Dominique Browning
Written by the beloved Tovah Martin, author of Tasha Tudor's Garden, with beguiling photographs by Kindra Clineff, this attractive volume contains everything you need to know about growing plants under glass.
—The New York Times
Library Journal

Just as she did in her moss jar segment on PBS's Cultivating Life, noted garden writer Martin (Indoor Gardens) continues to shatter the outdated images of terrariums in her new book. Knowledgeable enough to give a history and an overview of gardening under glass, Martin is not trapped in the stuffy Victorian Wardian cases or in the funky 1970s bottle gardens of the past. Nice photos feature sophisticated and whimsical terrariums that can green today's homes and cubicles or ignite a modern child's imagination and love of nature. Discussing a wide array of containers and plants, Martin instructs readers on creating and caring for terrariums and suggests the use of trinkets and natural, seasonal mementos to personalize our glass gardens and make them more interactive. Encouraging a child to use a Wardian case as a doll-size florist shop is a fresh approach, but more traditional, practical uses of terrariums (such as propagating cuttings and showcasing orchids) are represented, too. Since American gardening books largely ignore terrariums, this title will be popular. Highly recommended for public libraries.
—Bonnie L. Poquette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307407313
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
222,258
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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