The Bottom Line
- Revolutionizes terrarium design
- Fabulous pictures
- Great info on terrarium plants
- Clear instructions for DIY terrariums
- Not all plant descriptions are accompanied by photos
- A brand new way think about terrariums
- Incredible photographs by Kindra Clineff
- Beautifully written
- Imaginative use of plants and planters
- Interesting and diverse projects
- All the info you need to make your own terrariums
- Great for beginners or advanced gardeners
- Terrarium care explained
- Great list of terrarium resources
Guide Review - The New Terrarium, by Tovah Martin with Photographs by Kindra Clineff
I don't think calling "The New Terrarium," by Tovah Martin, revolutionary would be an overstatement. To say that the book completely changed the way I view and make terrariums is not an exaggeration. Before I saw the book, I was just starting to make terrariums and now I have become a complete fanatic - my house is filled with them.
No longer fusty, dust covered jars with plants thrown in, this book elevates terrariums to an art form. From stylishly minimal to humorously extravagant, Tovah Martin's terrariums run the gamut. From the simplest single orchid under a cloche, to a cookie jar terrarium for kids, every terrarium in this book is exquisite.
I have long been a fan of Tovah Martin's writing and this book is one of her best. The writing is clear, concise and gentle, and her passion about all things terrarium related is infectious.
The photographs by Kindra Clineff are gorgeous and are enough to make buying this book more than worthwhile.
My only tiny complaint about "The New Terrarium," is that I wish, in the section about terrarium plants, that photos had been included for all of the plants described, and that those photos that are included, were more easily connected to the plant described.
That said, anyone who is interested in making terrariums (and I for one, can't understand why anyone wouldn't want to make a terrarium), should run right out and buy this book. It has all you need to get started and is also a great reference once you become a terrarium addict, which is a serious risk when you buy this book.