“We started off filling any glass container we could find but soon settled on four signature styles: Hanging Balls, Kilner Jars, Demijohns and Carboys. Each vessel posed it’s own set of difficulties when it came to building the eco-systems but we managed to solve these with an array of homemade tools. From giant tweezers to a cotton real taped to the end of a stick!”
All of London Terrarium’s plants and materials are sourced from around South London, creating a green business model and ensuring that the creative operation stays close to its local roots. Emma and Tom source moss from Peckham Rye and Nunhead Cemetery, propagate their plants at home, and take cuttings from memorable places and snippings from friends’ plants. The importance of a garden lies in its stories, the unique aspects brought to it by the person that tends it, and their experiences and memories of that place. A terrarium presents a miniature opportunity to connect with nature from anywhere.
London Terrariums’ bottle gardens are built up to flourish independently; the plants contained within the glass will eventually dominate their environment and according to Tom and Emma, this is the most exciting part of owning a terrarium. The green-fingered duo work from a studio in Bermondsey, watching a stunning medley of varied species thrive and running workshops to teach others about crafting and caring for these miniature gardens in London. Peckham workshops can be booked here and workshops in Tottenham Court Road can be booked here. If secret gardens and exotic, fecund workspaces buzzing with ideas are your sort of thing, we suggest you head over to a session to pay Emma and Tom a visit.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth