By Benjamin Cohn
Reems Creek – Last Saturday, two families signed up for a terrarium workshop at local point of interest Reem’s Creek Nursery. Katherine Jost led the event and spoke to the Tribune about her history with the nursery.
“I was the landscaper, lead landscape designer here for years, and I retired from that a couple years ago. We had never had a garden shop here, so I said, ‘Let’s do a garden shop!’ Now, what I do is buy for the garden shop and do fun stuff in here.”
According to Jost, the store’s garden shop sells accessories and fun, family-oriented gifts and curios designed to accent plant displays.
“The garden shop is an extension of the plant nursery that has lots of wonderful gifts for gardeners, things that are nature-inspired and fun,” Jost said. “We’ve got fun kids stuff. When we go to the market to find things in Atlanta, that’s part of our criteria. Does it bring a smile to our face?”
Saturday’s event cost ten dollars which included, according to the event’s webpage, “…soil, gravel and charcoal for one project. All ages welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.”
Reems Creek Nursery stocks “a great selection of terrarium plants, terrarium containers, fairies and gnomes, fairy furniture, mosses and decorative rocks and glass,” which were sold separately but encouraged for use in Saturday’s demonstration.
The first step in assembling a terrarium is, according to Jost, to decide whether to plant succulents or cacti. The two types of plants require very different soil, levels of light, and water and other components.
Next, gravel was placed in the bottom of the container. This was to act as a foundation upon which the rest could be built. On top of the gravel went a layer of charcoal to help filter the water and promote plant health.
Then came the soil, a generous amount, into which the selected plants were placed gently. A few finger taps around the base of the plant were enough to secure it in the soil. Finally, accent pieces were added to the display, including fake snow, colorful mosses, gemstone-looking pieces of decorative glass and miniature figurines.
Jost expressed her gratitude at being able to provide a family-oriented, enriching experience to the community.
“Plants, I think, give people joy,” she said. “This is kind of an extension of that. Our purpose is to bring light and joy to our customers.”