A few months ago I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook when I saw that Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds, a local flower and gift shop here in Richmond, was offering a terrarium workshop at a local brewery. I was immediately sold, as one of my goals entering this year was to find for time for fun little projects exactly like this. On top of that, I’ve always thoughts terrariums were really neat, but didn’t have a clue as to how to actually put one together. This workshop seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out!
Sadly, by the time I went to purchase tickets the next day, the event was already sold out. I shouldn’t have been surprised – succulents are IN right now. Enter the silver lining: Strawberry Fields mentioned on their Facebook page that they offered private workshops, so I sent them a quick note and with a few emails back and forth, I had a private terrarium workshop scheduled at their shop and marked my calendar for a fun night with friends.
The Terrarium Workshop
Fast forward a few weeks and 10 of us were ready to make our terrariums! Before we put our green thumbs to work, we spent some time mingling and browsing around the shop, and it’s worth noting how cute Strawberry Fields is – especially because I thought they only sold flowers. While on the smaller side, the store is so much more than just a florist shop – it’s the perfect place to grab a nice card or a little gift for a friend and all the different candles and flowers made the store smell incredible. (Richmonders – the gift shop is like a smaller version of Mongrel.)
Brenna, one of the florists at Strawberry Fields, led our workshop and we had a great time getting to know her throughout the course of the evening. We started off by watching her make a terrarium at record speed and learning some of the basic tips for caring for a terrarium. In a nutshell, they need sun, just a little bit of water and most importantly – they really need to be left alone. Easy enough, right?
Encouraged by the news that it sounded pretty easy to keep a terrarium alive, we set off to create our own. The price of our terrarium workshop was $35 plus tax, and that included instructions on terrarium care as well as all of the materials we needed – a glass jar, rocks and sand, activated carbon (a filter that helps keep the terrarium clean), potting soil, moss and plants. Considering we got all of that plus a fun night, the cost was well worth it!
We each picked out our own succulent before setting out to get started on our terrariums. It was fun watching everyone make their terrariums, and the process was simple enough that we could still be social even when we were making them – snacks and wine were involved, of course.
Within an hour, our terrariums were complete – and it really was easy. All of our terrariums ended up looking a little bit different based on the different plants we chose, but that was part of the fun.
I put mine in our living room as soon as I got home and it’s been nice to have an element of the outdoors inside. A month later, I can confirm that terrariums are in fact easy to care for – mine is still alive and requires very little attention!
All in all, the workshop was a great way to spend an evening with friends. If you’re in the Richmond area and searching for a fun way to spend a few hours, definitely add a workshop at Strawberry Fields to your list.
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