I am part of an incredible group of women entrepreneurs here in NYC who gather every couple of weeks to mastermind and discuss what’s new with our businesses. During our last meeting, my friend Liza Fiorentinos extended an invitation to her terrarium workshop held in the beautiful West Elm flag ship store near Columbus Circle. To be honest, I didn’t really know what a terrarium was before I eagerly signed up for the class, but after seeing the lovely works of art that Liza brought to our meeting I was super excited to learn more.
What I want to share with you all is a quick list of reasons to love terrariums:

Creativity: Making a terrarium was much more creative than I expected. I mean, it’s just a houseplant, right? Well there are about a gazillion ways to customize your creation from colored sands and stones, to the types of plants you choose, different mosses (all colors and textures), little figurines, and anything else you can think of. If you love the beach, throw some shells in there. If it’s for a child’s room, maybe add in a miniature toy – your options are endless and I was really surprised at how this simple activity got my creative juices flowing. This is a great activity to do with children, by the way.

Digging in the dirt is good for the soul: Ok, so I wasn’t actually digging, but nonetheless I got to touch dirt, which is a rare thing in NYC. Gardening is often said to be a meditative activity and considering we city dwellers are far removed from nature, building a terrarium fulfilled a need for getting my hands dirty that I didn’t know exisited.

Low maintenance: Who knew there was such a thing as an air plant? I sure didn’t, but I am loving my little air plants as well as the succulents in my creation that require VERY little care. If you’ve never seen them, air plants don’t need soil to live, so mine are just resting on top of the dirt, where they hang out until I dunk them in some water every few weeks – amazing! The succulents only need to be sprayed with water about every two weeks. So, if you (like me) don’t have a green thumb – these are the plants for you!

Health benefits: I am ecstatic to finally have a living plant in my house. Did you know that the air in our homes are more toxic that the smoggy outdoors? Seems crazy, but most of us keep our homes closed up tight – no open windows or doors, so all the chemicals and toxins from paint, cleaning supplies, and even cooking become trapped inside our house. So my first suggestion is to open a window occasionally and add living plants to your home! Studies show that house plants improve the air quality, reduce stress levels, and speed up recovery time for those who are sick.

Custom-made living art: I can’t tell you how much my terrarium has brightened up my space. It’s also a very interesting topic of conversation and a way of expressing yourself. I’m truly in love with my terrarium. As you’ll see below, it has just the right amount of flair (red moss and gold pebbles) paired with my Zen inspired green motif, which pretty much sums up my personality.

For more information on terrariums or to purchase living art, check out www.luludi.net. Liza’s products make beautiful gifts, provide creative table décor for special events, and are truly living works of art!