Woodlands for walkups: Liven up your apartment at terrarium building class

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It’s a whole new world in a itty-bitty living space .

A horticulturist and graphic designer will teach aspiring world-builders how to make desert or woodland-style terrariums — or dry aquariums for plants instead of goldfish — complete with miniature figurines, rocks, and sand.

And unlike fish, the tiny ecosystems encased in glass should last forever.

“If you take care of them, they will last a lifetime,” said workshop instructor Claire Typaldos. “In an ideal situation, you don’t even need to water them.”

Typaldos first got into building terrariums when she worked at the Williamsburg garden center Sprout Home. There, she realized she could combine her design background with plants.

“I’m a printmaker, so I have an eye for aesthetics,” she said. “I started building a lot of the terrariums they sell at the store.”

The terrarium class will meet at the Diamond bar. For $50, students will get all the makings of the terrarium, as well as a pint of beer.

Terrariums have been growing in popularity in recent years, and are especially popular in cramped Brooklyn, she said.

“It adds an interesting graphic design element to the household,” said Typaldos.

Peering into the miniature spheres of desert and forest definitely gives one an interesting perspective on one’s own tiny living space.

Terrarium Class at the Diamond bar [43 Franklin St. between Calyer and Quay streets in Greenpoint, (718) 383–5030,]. May 12, 5–7 pm, $50.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Posted 12:00 am, May 11, 2013
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