I keep meaning to make my own terrrarium for my desk but I just never seem to make the time. Fiona from Glasslands has created a cool new business where she custom makes terrariums for her clients. Might have to enlist her help! Here’s some insight into Glasslands and how it came about…
When and why did you start Glasslands?
Plants have always played an important role in my life. I was fortunate to grow up next door to my lovely nana who had a beautiful garden established by her parents. After so many years learning in and around gardens, recreating smaller versions is something that came naturally to me.
After owning a terrarium years ago, the thought of creating a more modern design has always been something I wanted to do. I believe in trying to live with ecological sustainability at the heart of everything I do. I love working with infinitely recyclable glass, with soil and with plants. When I finally got around to making my first few terrariums last year the interest in them grew rapidly and I was encouraged to form Glasslands.
What is your career background?
My professional background has been graphic design & film and television production. Generally production roles in creative fields so it’s really nice to be fulfilled creatively myself now!
What are the best types of plants to include in a terrarium?
To put simply, cacti, succulents and grasses are well suited to open terrariums while ferns and mosses thrive in closed terrariums. Airplants are fascinating and also work very well and require the least maintenance and look amazing!
How do you look after a terrarium?
A closed terrarium, which has been created to mimic a mini eco system requires no watering and just needs the lid removed occassionally if too much moisture has accumulated inside on the glass.
An open terrarium with succulents is best suited to a bright room with small amounts of water once a week in summer and once a fortnight in winter. I always deliver glass droppers with instruction cards to encourage minimal watering.
What sort of pricing is involved?
Depending on the brief,design & products, Glasslands terrariums can range anywhere from $40 – $200+.
Any tips for DIY terrarium lovers?
1. the obvious would be to not overwater!
2. design your terrarium for the space it will live in.
(Enquiries: Glasslands 0438 507 977 and follow us on facebook)
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If you’d like help selecting wallpaper for your home contact me here and I will source whatever you’re looking for!
There’s about a million and one different uses for this little fella! Isn’t he cute???
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Oh my gosh what a fun Sunday I had! Such a girly day with Jen. I’ve wanted to do the Flower Bomb class for some time and Jen and I finally got around to booking it in at The School . We turned up at 10.30 to get started and were greeted by the delightful Megan Morton (seriously, she’s awesome). Our teacher for the day was Holly Hipwell from The Flower Drum who was loads of fun and a super skilled bomber. We made our bombs whilst sipping tea and eating chocolate cake. YUM!
I’m inspired to make a million more in different patterns and colours. Mine turned out stripey which was kind of accidental (and as Megan pointed out, matched my top..) but I really like him! I’ve already been asked to make some for a friend’s party in October and Jen and I will be making loads for her wedding next year – they are relatively inexpensive to make too!
Flower bomb students Jen & Belle
The bomb's final resting place.