Looking for something to do to break up all the studying? Would you like something green growing in your room (and no, I’m not talking about mold!)?

Clip art of setting a plant into a glass container for a terrariumPatty Bailey will give a hands-on workshop on “Fun With Terrariums and Miniature Memory Gardens” on Tues., Feb. 19, at 6pm at Patty’s Plants Natural & Organic Garden Supply (819 E. High St., Milton). Following a short program on types of plants to use, and how to care for, trim and maintain a new mini garden, you can work with your own container and any special items you’ve brought to add to your gardens. Soil and drainage material will be provided. The event is free and open to the public, but sign up in advance is required and space is limited. For more information, call (608) 580-0066 or email patty@pattysplants.com.

Can’t make this session but you’re interested in creating a terrarium? In Patty’s Plants’ January 2011 newsletter you can find information about containers and plants. Andersen Library has a brief UW-Extension document called Terrariums and dish gardens (2nd-floor Wisconsin Documents, Wis UNI 2 Ex/Agr 3/2:A2900). UWW students and faculty/staff may request books from other UW campus libraries via the free Universal Borrowing service, such as Terrariums: A handbook (UW-River Falls) and The complete book of terrariums (UW-Madison’s Steenbock Library). Whitewater’s public library (431 W Center St) has Terrariums & miniature gardens in its nonfiction section (call number 635.965 S958). You can search the Library’s article databases for additional resources and inspiration, such as “Small world” (Horticulture, vol.107:no.1, pp.45-51).

Making a terrarium can be a fun and educational activity with children, too. Web sites such as Creating a Terrarium (MN Dept. of Natural Resources) and Make a terrarium mini-garden (NASA), the book Terrarium habitats: Teacher’s guide (Andersen Library’s 3rd-floor Main Collection, QH68 .T47 1994), and articles such as “Classroom Terraria” (Science Scope, vol.33:no.8, pp.20-26) can be helpful guides.

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About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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