Do you have a love of gardening but find yourself with a lack of time to indulge in your hobby? Maybe you’ve made the move from the countryside to the city and just don’t have the space for a garden? Well I’ve got a nifty solution for you. It’s called miniature gardening, and it’s making a comeback.
The miniature gardening fad was hugely popular in the 90s. It mostly involved the creation of very small gardens that feature miniature and dwarf plants. These plants were arranged in ways that created a visual illusion. The end result would give viewers the impression that the garden was once full sized and had been magically shrunk down to this miniature stature.
Although the practice fell out of fashion at the start of the new millennium, a new horticultural hobby known as fairy gardening is bringing it back. Thanks to this new style, miniature plants are making their way back onto the shelves of garden stores everywhere.
Your Personal Slice of Nature
If you’re like me then fairy gardening probably doesn’t sound exceedingly interesting. It’s certainly an acquired taste. So instead I’ll be focusing on two common styles of miniature gardens: terrariums and vivariums. Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, they do have a couple of notable differences.
A terrarium is a small glass container, usually less than a few feet or so, that contains a sustainable ecosystem of living plants. They are usually rather dry and don’t generally contain animals, although larger terrariums can be good homes for certain types of lizards. Terrariums also make excellent decorations for well-lit counter tops or desks. They bring a fresh feeling of nature into the home while being non-intrusive with their size.
Vivariums feature the same style of glass enclosure as terrariums, but are usually larger and wetter. In addition to housing an ecosystem of living plants, vivariums often include animals such as turtles and geckos. Because they are primarily constructed to support animals as well as plants, there is guaranteed to be a water source in some shape or form. Due to their increased complexity, vivariums take up a fair bit of space, making for a big stand-out addition to any room of the house.
Both terrariums and vivariums require an extensive level of planning and ingenuity. Creating these enclosures means plotting out the sustainability of the habitat you want to create. Be sure to thoroughly research all the plants and animals that you want to include in your enclosure before purchasing. Just like regularly sized plants, miniatures have specific requirements in terms of light, moisture, and soil.