In “New England Under Glass,” Tovah Martin took everything we love about the New England landscape and captured it in a series of lovely terrariums.
Create a New England-inspired beach scene terrarium to add a touch of summer to your home all year long.
Materials to Make a Beach Scene Terrarium
- Open glass container
- 3/8-inch pebbles (for base drainage)
- Horticultural charcoal
- Potting soil
- Bonsai juniper
- Play sand (the type used for sandboxes)
- Small blue pebbles, peastone, or beach glass (for the water)
- Smooth, medium- and large-size river rocks (for the water and beach)
- Preserved reindeer moss (for seaweed)
- Small Tillandsia (air plants)
- Small seashells and mini-starfish
- Wooden coffee stirrers, cut into 2-inch lengths (for the fence)
- Small tree branches, cut into 2-inch sections and split in half with pruning shears (for the steps)
Instructions to Make a Beach Scene Terrarium
- Wearing gloves, lay 1 to 1-1/2 inches of pebbles into the base of the glass container.
- Add 1 tablespoon of horticultural charcoal to the bottom layer and mix it with the pebbles.
- Add 2 inches of potting soil and firm it lightly.
- Dig a hole in the potting soil, insert the juniper, and firm it into place. Water the juniper lightly.
- Add the play sand, creating dunes by shaping small hills. Rather than bury the juniper stem, make the sand shallow around it.
- Create a section of water using the blue stones.
- Using larger stones, create boulders and texture in the water.
- Add preserved reindeer moss to look like seaweed.
- Lay some air plants right on the sand surface.
- Scatter seashells and mini-starfish around.
- Stick the coffee-stirrer pieces into the sand to make a fence.
- Use small branch pieces to make steps in the sand.
- Water the juniper every 10 days or so. Submerge the air plants in water for 2 to 3 hours every two weeks; then let dry completely.