Creating terrariums at the Octopus’ Garden

Living in a two-bedroom apartment with a pint-sized balcony does not allow for a whole lot of green-thumb flexing. Creating terrariums though? That’s gardening I can get on board with! Terrariums are all over the place right now and it’s easy to see why: they’re customisable and hard to kill.

Creating terrariums | Octopus' Garden | lizniland.com

For our lovely Lee’s hen’s weekend (you might remember her fun & colourful engagement party) we took in a terrarium workshop at Octopus’ Garden in Long Jetty on NSW’s Central Coast.

Terrarium Workshop | Octopus' Garden | lizniland.com

A beautiful florist and workshop space, Octopus’ Garden is a treasure trove of flower power and general plant adoration. I fell in love with the below bouquet and spent plenty of time admiring the bunches of wildflowers, wall of ferns and other odds and ends that lined the walls.

Beautiful bouquet | Octopus' Garden | lizniland.com

Inside the Octopus' Garden | lizniland.com

As part of the workshop fee, we had expert tuition from one of the Octopus’ Garden owners and everything we needed to create two terrariums – one fishbowl-sized & one pint-sized. Our places were set around the table with a selection of succulents and buckets of dirt, pebbles, twigs & moss were passed around to bring it all together.

How to make a terrarium | Octopus' Garden | lizniland.com

Getting your hands in dirt and inhaling its earthiness is fantastic therapy, especially when you have great company to share the time with. It also helps that you get to take home the delightful fruits of your crafternoon labour.

My big terrarium | Octopus' Garden | lizniland.com

Lee picked up a few cute extras to incorporate into our terrariums which I totally recommend you do if you decide to try your hand at putting one together. While they were a bit lost in the bigger fishbowl-style terrarium, they look super cute in my smaller one.

My little terrarium | Octopus' Garden | lizniland.com

You’ll need to be willing to get dirt under your nails to enjoy a workshop like this – so it may not be for everyone – but I love the edition of these little living sculptures in my house. And the best bit? I only have to water them once a week. Perfect for busy plant mothers!

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