I recently contacted my “person” at Raincoast and mentioned that my lad was into making terrariums lately so she very kindly sent me a book that she thought might be a boon to him… and it was! Let me tell you about Miniscapes: Create your own Terrarium. I know I know..not your typical art book, but making a terrarium is a form of art you know? Can you put different mediums together in a way that will balance and create something beautiful? Miniscapes helps you to gain the know-how to do this yourself.
I love the logical step up in Miniscapes. Walking the reader through what a terrarium was and how it worked. Being walked through all the parts of a terrarium, learning why you need the different layers, the types of plants you can use and more. The Close of Miniscapes leaves you with several projects you can complete to get your feet wet, or to at least give you ideas for creating your own. It’s a rather neat book.
The first half of Miniscapes is devoted to teaching the reader about the various plants, and parts of a terrarium. The different styles of glass bowls, types of rocks, plants, substrate, tools, and accessories .
I found the text easy to read and understand. The author was very good at explaining how everything works, making this an ideal book for a novice to terrariums, while including lots of projects to intrigue the more seasoned.
The Projects, more than 15 projects, each with an ingredients list, with step by step instructions for completing them.
This is a helpful little book, full of ideas and images and creations. It’s great to look through to garner ideas for different types of terrariums, or to actually create one of them as written. My son liked it and didn’t want me to add it our “let’s rehome it” pile so it will sticking around for a while. 🙂 (not many books make it to that status which tells you something eh?) 🙂
But it’s a great book to teach you how to make your own garden art form.
Oh! And check it out! My lad made his own terrariums!!!
Miniscapes – Create your own Terrarium
Hardie Grant Books
Approximately 8 x 8 inch square
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books
Where to find it:
Amazon.ca: Miniscapes: Create Your Own Terrarium
Amazon.com: Miniscapes: Create Your Own Terrarium
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