Terrarium-building workshops to cultivate your green thumb

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Words by Nicole La Ruffa

Go green.

With winter on its way, we’re looking for activities which can be done on even the gloomiest of days. 

We’ve done some research on the best terrarium-building workshops around to appease the crafty plant lover within. What better way to fight off the seasonal dreariness than to fill your home or office space with a tiny world of greenery?

Put Your Heart Into It

This plant-crafting workshop is run by sustainable living advocate Laura Issell. You’ll learn how to build and maintain an ecosystem in her relaxed, plant-filled Northcote studio. Bring along any mini figurines or keepsakes you’d like to add to your creation, as well as a reusable bag so you can safely take your masterpiece home. There’ll be plenty of wine, herbal tea, and locally-sourced nibbles to keep you happy while you craft.


Flowerlane and Co

Flowerlane and Co invites Sydney plant lovers to attend an easy, step-by-step terrarium workshop in Alexandria. You’ll have the chance to create a lush addition to your home or office desk and spend an afternoon in the company of some new and friendly faces. For $110, you’ll be schooled on plant maintenance and the creative terrarium-building process. The sessions take place monthly and have limited seats, so be sure to book well in advance. For maximum plant-building enjoyment, it’s best to wear clothes that can get a bit messy.


Petite Green

In Petite Green’s 90-minute workshop, you can master the art of terrarium making with Amy Wong and Haylee Magendans, a couple of Melbourne’s finest landscapers. Both share years of terrarium teaching experience and a love of greenery. You’ll focus on design and care, plant selection and soil composition for terrarium success. Everything needed to create your mini ecosystem will be provided, all you’ll have to supply is a clean 2 – 4L glass vessel. 


Melbourne and Brisbane

The team behind Work-Shop have lined up a range of terrarium classes for those in Melbourne and Brisbane. The beginner’s workshop takes first-time builders through design and landscaping, soil, foliage and care. You’ll need to bring your own vessel (approx 20 to 40 cm in diameter) but everything else, including your leafy friends, will be supplied.


Sheridan Studio Workshop

Over the month of April, Sheridan is hosting a variety of workshops in its studio stores across Aus. For a how-to on building a mini garden, you can attend its 1-2 hour class in Mount Gravatt. You’ll be provided with all the materials and equipment needed, plus your very own Sheridan vase or planter from its decor range. The added bonus? You’ll receive an additional 10% off in-store to use on the day of the workshop. Tickets are limited, so you’ll need to be quick about booking.


Merchant & Green

Creative Director of floral studio Merchant & Green, Christopher Saban, leads terrarium-building workshops regularly in Redfern. The 90-minute classes can cater for between two and 11 people and include all equipment and materials. You’ll also leave with insider tips on how to keep your miniature garden thriving for years.


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