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Create your own 'Glass Garden' at Exotic Plants

Build a bioactive terrarium at Friday Happy Hour workshop

Build a little world under glass at the Exotic Plants Happy Hour workshop this Friday.

Build a little world under glass at the Exotic Plants Happy Hour workshop this Friday. Courtesy Exotic Plants

Ever dreamed of creating your own little world? Here’s your chance: Make a terrarium.

Learn how during a special hands-on workshop Friday, Oct. 27, at Exotic Plants in Sacramento.

“Glass Gardens: Terrarium Crafting Experience” will focus on bioactive terrariums that almost take care of themselves.

Set for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, this Happy Hour plant party includes the terrarium, plants, moss, bioactive elements, planting mediums, other materials and expert instruction. Class fee is $60 or $85, depending on the size of the terrarium selected.

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

What makes a bioactive terrarium different? It has its own balanced ecology; that can include little animals as well as plants. It really is it’s own little world.

“Discover how living organisms, from microfauna to plants, interact to create a sustainable, low-maintenance environment,” say the organizers.

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

The workshop is very hands-on with lots of expert help.

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

Space is limited. Tickets are available via eventbrite at: Or call 916-922-4769.

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


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