Once a month my friend Markeita and I try something new and this month we chose a peaceful, horticulture activity. Our most recent girl’s day was spent having lunch at a new ramen restaurant, then we went to The Sipping Plant in Atlanta to make custom terrariums. A terrarium is a sealable or open glass container containing soil and plants, and are often kept as decorative or ornamental items. If it’s in a closed container, it can be opened for maintenance to access the plants inside.
Closed terraria create a unique environment for plant growth, as the transparent walls allow for both heat and light to enter the terrarium. The sealed container combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small-scale water cycle. This happens because moisture from both the soil and plants evaporates in the elevated temperatures inside the terrarium. This water vapour then condenses on the walls of the container, and eventually falls back to the plants and soil below. This contributes to creating an ideal environment for growing plants due to the constant supply of water, thereby preventing the plants from becoming over dry. In addition to this, the light that passes through the transparent material of the terrarium allows for the plants within to photosynthesize, a very important aspect of plant growth.
Open terraria are better suited to dry plants such as succulents. Not all plants require or are suited to the moist environment of closed terraria. For plants adapted to dry climates, open, unsealed terrariums are used to keep the air in the terrarium free from excess moisture. Open terraria also work well for plants that require more direct sunlight, as closed terraria can trap too much heat potentially killing any plants inside.
When we arrived at The Sipping Plant, we signed into our event, picked our seats then selected containers to house our terrariums. I chose a hanging glass globe and Markeita chose a wood planter box. When we got back to our seats, we mingled with the other women at our table and with the guidance of the instructors, started to dig in. The instructors gave us detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to make our own unique terrariums while leaving the creativity up to us. I chose a pink and green theme as I made this terrarium specially for my baby girl’s nursery. I’m going to add rose quartz and amethyst points to the terrarium for their healing properties and good vibrations, and hang it near one of her windows. All of the materials and equipment were provided, we just had to let loose, get crafty, and have a good time.
Toward the end of the event, the instructors told us how to care for our terrariums based on our container type. When you go, keep in mind that although The Sipping Plant provides aprons to protect your clothing, you will be working with live plants, soil, moss, and rocks to create a personalized table-top garden, so choose your outfit wisely. Oh! Here’s the best part – The Sipping Plant encourages people to bring their own drinks and/or food to enjoy during the class. Most people chose to bring a bottle a wine and glasses which surely added some kicks-and-giggles to the event! With that being said, The Sipping Plant is a great way to celebrate special occasions and bring people together while creating one-of-a-kind terrariums to take home!
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