History of Terrariums
A small wonder, in the home, to mark progress. A display of everlasting growth and maturity, celebrating every day with the budding joy of green and creativity. A brilliant bit of botanical history.
Terrariums are a very special addition to the home or office. To give one is more than giving flowers, more than a gift, It's a gift of wonder and marvel. Something very personal, yet connected, altogether.
The incredible story of terrariums dates back to 1830. Dr. Nathanial Ward was naturally inspired and incessant on growing ferns outside his polluted London home of coal and industry.
One observation, turned into many more after. Surgeon, Dr. Ward collected moths in bottles for observation and soon realized the dirt he included in the moth's bottle-home, became the beginnings of an oasis of "FernGully". He found, without effort and 6 months of unintentional neglect to the bottle, a small frond and a blade of grass waving to him in pride.
Can you imagine the feeling of discovering something so radical,( in a time of such pollution) a fern transforms it's own world inside a bottle.
Dr. Ward published his discovery in 1841. I suppose it helps to be a doctor in the light of such a discovery. He presented the scientific paper to an esteemed group of listeners, along with a fanatical reception. I imagine Dr. Ward, under his breath, saying "let the fun begin!".
This discovery, naturally led to the "sharing" of many plants across seas, that otherwise would not have made it over, alone.
Soon gardeners who had learned of this discovery had their own "Wardian Cases" that appeared as miniature greenhouses and fostered gardening, indoors.
The fern that unfurled in Ward's case was Dryopteris filix-mas,
the male fern, rock-solid hardy (USDA Zone 4 in the United States) and very common in the woods of Europe, as well as North America. Think we brought it along on one of those big, boat-rides to the Americas?