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Exotic Plants offers 'Glass Gardens' workshop

Learn how to create a bioactive terrarium to take home

An Exotic Plants staff member builds a large terrarium at the store. A "Glass Gardens" workshop will be held there this Saturday, June 29.

An Exotic Plants staff member builds a large terrarium at the store. A "Glass Gardens" workshop will be held there this Saturday, June 29. Photo courtesy Exotic Plants

When it’s hot outdoors, you can still garden indoors. Create your own cool, green world during “Glass Gardens: Terrarium Crafting Experience,” a special workshop offered by Exotic Plants in Sacramento.

Set for 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, the two-hour class will cover the basics of building terrariums that help take care of themselves.

“Join us for an immersive and hands-on experience in the world of bioactive terrariums!” says the organizers. “In this workshop, you'll have the opportunity to unleash your creativity and build your very own self-sustaining mini ecosystem.”

At its store on Fulton Avenue, Exotic Plants is well known for its terrariums, including reptile and amphibian habits. Several are on display and tended by store staff.

During this workshop, participants will create their own terrariums to take home. Fee for the class ($60-$85) is based on size and style of the glass garden.

Includes are: All materials and tools needed to create your bioactive terrarium; a wide selection of plants, mosses, and bioactive elements; plus expert guidance and hands-on assistance throughout the workshop.

“Our experienced instructors will lead you through the process, providing expert tips on choosing the right plants, creating layers, and maintaining a healthy, thriving terrarium,” say the hosts. “Explore a diverse selection of plants, mosses, and small creatures that will coexist harmoniously in your bioactive terrarium. Learn about their unique requirements and contributions to the ecosystem.

“From the ground up, you’ll design and assemble the layers that make up this self-contained world,” they add. “Witness the magic as you transform an empty vessel into a thriving green oasis.”

Once started correctly, bioactive terrariums almost take care of themselves. Maintenance tips are part of the package.

“Learn how to care for your terrarium to ensure it remains a vibrant and healthy ecosystem for years to come,” they say. “Understand the key elements of watering, lighting, and periodic maintenance.”

A few seats are still available; register now on Eventbrite.com at this link: https://shorturl.at/xdhmD

Exotic Plants is located at 1525 Fulton Ave., Sacramento.

Details and directions: https://www.exoticplantsltd.com/.

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