Having plants in your home is becoming more and more popular however if you’re anything like me, keeping them alive is pretty challenging! I was recently invited to a workshop ran by Terrachic and I wondered if I could at least keep some little succulents alive!
Terrachic is run by Jo and was established in 2018. Set up as a business to run alongside being a lecturer and a Mummy it allowed her to use her knowledge and passion of plants and gardening into practice.
The workshop took place in Bath at Cascara, a wonderful fully Vegan cafe in Bath. We were given a welcome drink and made our way upstairs to meet fellow workshop members.
Jo started the session with a small history of terrariums. Before they were invented in the pre-Victorian times, bringing plants into the UK was extremely limited. Plants didn’t survive ship conditions – they don’t really like the sea spray, limited access to fresh water or being eaten by rats.
It was in 1830 that Nathaniel Ward, a plant biologist was living in at the docks developed the first terrarium. Nathaniel started putting plants in sealed glass containers and noticed that water condensed in the morning and evening creating a natural water cycle. After a few attempts, he made a small greenhouse for a long voyage test which went to Australia. He sent plants to Australia and then received plants back.
This development revolutionised the UK’s industries and without it we wouldn’t have tea or have rubber plantations set up across the world.
Terrariums are now purely used as a decorative item and is made up of several layers. Firstly there is a drainage layer of gravel where water sits, then some activated charcoal to combat water clean stagnant. There is also some moss to separate the drainage and the next level of soil. Finally you add some aggregates such as sand, gravel, different sizes for natural look.
Our workshop was £35 for a couple of hours and Jo provided everything we needed. It was surprisingly therapeutic and everyone said it was the perfect way to be mindful for those two hours. Not being the most creative person, Jo was really attentive and helpful in helping us create our own unique terrariums.
If you’d like to book onto a workshop, please contact Jo through her Facebook page here.
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*this workshop was gifted by Jo in exchange for a blog review – all wording my own