Flex your green fingers at this awesome terrarium workshop in Hackney

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For those Londoners who don’t have gardens but wish they did, this is the perfect workshop. It’s a how-to in one of the biggest trends of the moment – no, not beard up-keep, for a change. It’s a terrarium class, to turn an empty ball-vase into a tiny thing of botanical dreams. I always loved the Borrowers as a kid and kind of felt as if I was making a garden for the tiniest family in the world – but maybe that was the complimentary glass-or-two of prosecco talking.

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After a short demonstration from Georgie, foliage expert at Grace & Thorn (one of one of the most beautiful flower shops I’ve ever been in) we got stuck in. Terrariums are subjective, so Georgie was all about encouraging free creativity and the use of one’s imagination – in other words, she was the perfect art teacher. As was the prosecco.

After a hard day at work, this was far more therapeutic – and heathy – than our usual methods of dissipating work frustrations through consuming entire bottles of wine. For two hours we arranged, tweaked, sprinkled, planted and fertilized until finally, we were left with what I considered to be very impressive little works of art.

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If you’re thinking this all sounds a bit too girly, rest assured that the soundtrack to the whole night was surprisingly G, with tracks from the finest rap artists going, adding a bit of street to your ornamental garden.

The two and a half hour class cost £60 per person and came with fizz, all the materials you’ll need plus an extra serving of de-stressing therapy. Top tip: Don’t bike, like we did. Getting our terrariums across Hackney turned a fifteen minute bike journey into an hour’s very awkward walk, with terrariums carefully hanging off handlebars.

 

The next workshop is Wednesday 5th August 2015: click here for details  

 

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