This week, the Richmond County Public Library hosted a variety of visitors to build their own terrariums on campus. Attendees ranged in age from 3 to 70 years old, who each put their imaginations to the test to design a miniature ecosystem.
Finding Creativity in Nature
Terrariums date back to the early 1840s, when scientists like Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward would experiment on plants enclosed in glass containers. As time progressed, the creation of terrariums transitioned from a scientific pursuit to an expression of creativity. Modern terrariums are now used as home decorations, mimicking miniature landscapes.
On June 10th, library staff member Molly Robinson led an instructional demonstration on the basics of terrarium building. After that, the participants got to work on their own. Layering rocks, moss, and dirt into the bottom of the glass, the builders were ready to personalize their landscapes. Miniature figurines of castles, knights and princesses came to life in their new enclosures. Other participants used animal figurines to keep the landscape natural. As the event came to a close, the participants were surveyed on their experience. Their results were unanimous: a resounding 10/10!