Workshop: Create a Terrarium with Native Plants

Have you ever seen a terrarium built from native evergreens?

Now’s your chance to make one for your own holiday table.

In this workshop learn how to make and cultivate a mini-ecosystem with native evergreen plants. Your terrarium will be an actual living mini-cultivating garden to be enjoyed throughout the winter and either planted outdoors in spring or kept to enjoy as a treasured indoor native plant terrarium. The native species being used in the project include ethically harvested native mosses, and partridgeberry plants cultivated from bare-root specifically for this workshop.

This workshop leaders, RIWPS members; Jennifer Fallon, Nathan Lamb, and Pat Cahalan, will cover the habitat, growing conditions and general characteristics that made some of our native plants, ferns and mosses, suitable for terrariums.  They will explain how to create a natural filtration system using charcoal as well as different materials and techniques. Additionally they will discuss container options including open vs. closed systems.

Location: University of Rhode Island Greenhouse

Limit 20 participants.  Registration required.  See below.

Fee: $50.00 members, $60.00 non-members

All materials will be provided.

  • 3 quart Apothecary glass container with lid
  • Pea gravel
  • Activated charcoal
  • Barrier filter mesh
  • Potting soil
  • Mitchella repens, partridgeberry plants – 1 per terrarium
  • Assorted native mosses

A reminder e mail including directions to the workshop will be sent to participants a few days before the workshop.