The beauty of terrariums, a.k.a. miniature gardens contained inside glass walls, lies entirely in their tiny size: isn't it amazig how even a small glass vessel can contain such life, such flourishing, an entire and perfectly working ecosystem?
A decorative object, an opportunity for experimenting in botanics and a small concentrate of British history, the terrarium dates back to the Victorian era, when a doc. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward - hence the name "wardian case", by which terrariums used to be known back then - first invented it.
And while Victorian terrariums with their sumptuously decorated glass and wrought or cast iron structures were very different from contemporary ones, which are definitely more minimalist and essential, there is still a lot of terrarium-making going on in London, as shown by the recent opening of London Terrariums.
This gorgeous space in south London is entirely devoted to these exquisitely British objects, so if you are looking to buy a terrarium or learn how to make one, this is the right place.