The ladies of Brooklyn's Twig Terrariums give a detailed how-to instructions for making your own terrarium.
A living carpet of plant life surrounds the oversize centerpiece of the exhibit, Aquarium, which is filled with coral and bright tropical fish.
I am obsessed with terrariums and have created miniature mossy worlds in mason jars, Darwinian dioramas of weird carnivorous plants, and topographic landscapes in fish aquariums. I’ve made them with lids on and lids off, but what I had never done was craft a large-scale, stand-alone piece. Friends at Atlas Industries, a design firm in Brooklyn, New York, collaborated with me to create a terrarium that was both strong and precarious in look.
I once visited a terrarium designer in the downtown commercial district of Los Angeles. It was an airy loft space, where glass cases were stacked as high as the ceiling, pencil sketches covered the walls, and young orchids grew alongside bookmarked horticulture books. Reptiles and ferns rustled in a dark back room. Dust and debris floated through the large windows from the bustling open air market two floors below.