Monday, April 7, 2014

Terrariums by Vernon Caldera

"Oz" terrarium by Vernon Caldera

Nothing says spring like a lush succulent terrarium.  Looking for succulent terrarium inspiration or perhaps looking to purchase?  The Houston Chronicle recently had a small write up on Vernon Caldera's terrariums.

While I tend to build sparse terrariums to allow for plant growth, a densely packed terrarium like "Oz" (pictured above) is ready for the immediate spotlight on a dining table or entryway.  If you are looking for a quick display craft rather than a long-term terrarium planting - select small cacti and succulents with blooms ready to open.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Moss-Powered Future? Scientists Create Moss-powered Fuel Cells


Moss-lovers rejoice!  Someday you might be able to power some of your electronics through your favorite fuzzy green bryophyte.  That is designer Fabienne Felder's dream, and several scientists at the University of Cambridge agreed it is worth investigating.

Dr. Paolo Bombelli and plant scientist Ross Dennis have a previous project, using moss as photo microbial fuel cells to power a small lamp.
“On a small scale I think we could soon-ish convert people’s normal houseplants into little power-generators for charging phones,” says Felder. “On a large scale, especially outdoors, the right mix of plants will be crucial and that will need more research, both in terms of plants and irrigation systems, maintenance, etc.”
Read more at wired.com 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Moss-Filled Landscapes Worthy of a Terrarium

Waterfall in "Little Switzerland", Luxembourg. Photo by Kilian Schönberger
The aspect of terrarium crafting I find most appealing is the creation of a miniature dramatic landscape all by my own design.  I hear similar sentiments from other terrarium enthusiasts, who often enjoy including elements of the fantastic or macabre in their designs.

With that said, I imagine many terrarium enthusiasts would appreciate Kilian Schönberger's photography as much as I did.  Schönberger traveled to the further corners of Europe to document the landscapes that may have inspired the darker fairytales from the brothers Grimm.  His photos exude mood, despair, and moss; all key ingredients for a fantastic terrarium.  See more of Kilian Schönberger's photography from his series "Grimm Homeland" at wired.com.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Terrariums in the Dallas Area

Driftwood is transformed into art with the
hand-blown Droplet vase from Grange Hall, Dallas.
With the design and flare of Dallas itself, folks in the DFW area have joined the terrarium craze.  Read more at dallasnews.com, and picture the possibilities of this "droplet" vase from Grange Hall.

Cynthia Koogler, a horticultural supervisor at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden weighs in on the  challenge and attraction of terrariums. “Terrariums can be daunting — things can go wrong — but I like the ability to be able to change things,” she says. “There’s less commitment there.”

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Melbourne Terrarium and Mossarium Designers


The Sydney Morning Herald shares terrariums from three prominent terrarium developers in the Melbourne area.  Designers including Petite Green, Miniscapes and Bosky have given a 70s fad a very contemporary sensibility.  Click through to visit the websites of these terrarium designers and to explore a quick set of instructions for designing your own terrarium.

‘‘Each terrarium is its own little world within the jar,’’ says Melbourne’s Petite Green, who also makes mossariums - terrariums that contain mostly moss and small figurines.