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The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature Hardcover – February 24, 2009
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TOVAH MARTIN is one of this country’s best-known garden writers and lecturers. She is the author of Tasha Tudor’s Garden, Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts, Garden Whimsy, A Time to Blossom, Heirloom Flowers, and View from a Sketchbook. A guest and contributor to the PBS television series Cultivating Life, she is also a contributor to Country Home, La Vie Claire, Nature’s Garden, Country Gardens, Garden Design, and Horticulture as well as many other publications. She lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
Photographer KINDRA CLINEFF specializes in editorial, lifestyle, and travel photography. She regularly produces feature assignments for Nature’s Garden, Country Living, Coastal Living, and Yankee Magazine, and her images have appeared in numerous books and calendars. She lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
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With respect to the plants, the author only provides a few general recommendations on the types of plants to select. I was really hoping for a list of small-ish plants, with a brief description, preferred conditions, and recommended usage to provide a starting point on which species to pursue for terrarium design. The book doesn't really provide this type of 'quick reference' information.
Similarly, a brief list of some different enclosure types, along with their pros/cons and a simple example sketch of their appearance would've been immensely helpful. To take this idea a little further, a quick reference list of different filler materials such as potting mixes, river pebble, and other substrates would've been much appreciated.
At the end of the day the photos and design concepts offered in this book, really get the creative juices flowing and help the reader envision a terrarium fitting into their home decor. However, the lack of practical information about particular plant species, substrates, and pros/cons of different types of enclosures in a quick reference format does little to help the reader bring their ideas to fruition.
The photos are ooh-la-la! I want to go to her house!
I loved the book so much I bought a second one to give to my garden-loving friend. She stayed up all night and read the book cover-to-cover! The next day she made 5 terrariums! That qualifies as a big success!