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28.08.2014

Terrariums- they’re not a collective noun for slimy reptilian terrapins but glass containers for growing plants. Popular during the Victorian era, you can now find them in hipster homes and design magazines, mini gardens  that bloom inside light bulbs, mason jars, cake stands, tea pots, salvaged soda bottles and old chandeliers.

Probably bpb’s favourite discovery this week is Ozzies Terrariums- Noida resident Pooja Singh’s cute conservatory in her suburban terrace garden- which do exactly that.

The concept is simple: enclose a self sustaining eco-system in a pretty jar; sunlight penetrates the greens through the glass, water vapour rises, trapped vapours turn into water droplets at night creating a cycle of water in the closed container. Sound garden. 

For all you Jane Austen and vintage fans, she also does Wardian case terrariums, which look like miniature glass greenhouses/conservatories.

Finding Forest (er)

When Allahabad native Pooja moved to the city and she had little space to indulge in her love for gardening, something she cultivated from her father while growing up in a sprawling 2 acre ancestral property. Given the space crunch, she found the next best thing. Now her terrariums show up in Delhi’s prettiest homes - she counts Deepika Jindal as one of her regular clients.

Poking around we find out that besides small (open and enclosed) glass jar terrariums, Pooja also uses wooden planters, pottery and jugs to combine different art forms and make her terrariums more interesting and fun. For all you Jane Austen and vintage fans, she also does Wardian case terrariums, which look like miniature glass greenhouses/conservatories.

Plus, Pooja is open to customising terrariums or if you really want to commit to the hipster trend, she also holds terrarium workshops where she’ll teach you how to make pretty jars of green. You can find her Wardian terrariums on display at the Jindal Stainless Art Gallery on Mathura Road till Friday and some of the pieces are on sale too.

Ready, get set, grow!

Getting there: Ozzie’s Terrariums, call 9818437199, email pooja.singh200@gmail.com  or ozzies.terrariums@gmail.com, prices start from Rs. 300 to Rs. 25,000 or more depending on size. Pick-up and delivery options available.

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