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.
Use the natural materials found in your own backyard to make this woodland scene terrarium.
Materials to Make a Woodland Scene Terrarium
- Glass container, with or without lid
- Live Hypnum curvifolium (sheet moss)
- 3/8-inch pebbles (for base drainage)
- Horticultural charcoal
- Potting soil
- Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Spire’ (mini variegated boxleaf Japanese spindle)
- Fittonia verschaffeltii argyroneura (variegated nerve plant)
- Viola labradorica (Labrador violet)
- Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern)
- Crumbled Cladonia rangiferina (reindeer moss)
- Faux mushrooms
- Acorns, pine cones, lichen-encrusted sticks, and other natural elements
Instructions to Make a Woodland Scene Terrarium
- Wearing gloves, take a large sheet of sheet moss, line the bottom of the container, and continue 3 inches up the sides to create a planting pocket.
- Insert 1 inch of pebbles inside the moss pocket in the bottom of the container.
- Add 1 tablespoon of horticultural charcoal and mix it with the pebbles.
- Add 2 inches of potting soil within the moss pocket.
- Dig holes in the potting soil, insert the spindle, nerve plant, violet, and fern, leaving space between the plants.
- Take another sheet of sheet moss and patch it in around the plants to cover the potting soil; firm the moss down.
- Add crumbled reindeer moss and insert the faux mushrooms.
- Arrange acorns, pine cones, and lichen-covered twigs around the ground.
- Water the plants, making sure to moisten the moss.
- Cover the terrarium if you have a lid.