Terrarium Tuesdays at Grace and Thorn in Hackney

I’ve always been a plant mother (not always the best, but I try, ya know?) and when the fabulous Obby contacted me to see if I wanted to attend a terrarium making class, I jumped at the chance to flex my green fingers.


Hosted by Emma at Grace & Thorn near Hackney, the terrarium workshop takes place every first Tuesday of the month. Prosecco and plants provided, just bring yourself for an evening of therapeutic mini garden making.

I attended at the beginning of this month, arriving around 7pm where the lovely Emma explained a little more about the origin of the terrarium before showing us a step by step guide to making our own. The best bit about the class was that it didn’t feel like you needed to be an expert to make one- it was all about personal creativity and what you wanted it to look like.


All the tools were provided- from the glass vessel and an array of cacti and succulents, to varying size pebbles and fresh compost.

I’d always hesitated when it came to making my own terrarium as I thought there was an art to making them, but the class made it super simple. Here’s a little look at how I made mine:


  1. Lining the terrarium with stones is key before you put your soil in- it’s also aesthetically easy on the eyes.
  2. Here the choice is left up to you- if you want to add more soil, then another layer of pebbles you can- I did this to make a wave of separation- or you can simply add soil and get planting.
  3. Once I topped my second layer of pebbles with soil (make sure it’s deep enough to hold the roots) I then added in my succulents. I finished with moss and decorated with further pebbles-  Emma said the best thing to do is imagine it’s a garden and the pebbles are a path- I thought this was so cute!

I highly recommend Obby as a site itself- it has everything you need to book a truly unique class from cooking to carving and the customer help is amazing. Although I’ve listed the basics above, I commend the class as a fabulous evening out, or the perfect gift for a friend or member of the family. You can find the class I attended  HERE.


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  1. August 11, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    This looks like such a fun way to spend an evening! I wish it was local to me ??

    • lifewithmariaeva
      August 11, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Yes it was so fab! Definitely the best way to spend your eve 🙂

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