Friday, August 10, 2012

Artful Terrariums

Terrariums have definitely been around for a long time. In fact, they date back to the Victorian era. Like most brilliant ideas, the terrarium was 'discovered' quite by accident. Nathaniel Ward, a London doctor who had an intense enthusiasm for botany, was having difficulty growing ferns in the polluted air of 1820s London. While pondering how to keep his ferns alive, Dr. Ward noticed that the plants placed in his covered insect jars (for studying moths and caterpillars) were actually taking root in the soil. It was a light-bulb moment — Dr. Ward realized that his miniature greenhouse could actually protect the plants enough so that they would thrive. He spread the word of his discovery and even published a book on the subject, On the Growth of Plants in Closely Glazed Cases, and soon there was a Wardian Case -- as the first terrariums were known -- in every Victorian home.

Here are some wonderfully modern and artful terrariums created by Slug & Squirrel.

Terrarium jewelry!

DIY a terrarium.

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