COBBLE HILL — Small apartments and cramped living spaces often leave no space for greenery, but a Brooklyn local has an easy way to add plant life to your home.
Kara Smith is conducting a workshop on how to create a “terrarium,” a low-maintenance “self-sustaining eco-system.”
Using a closed glass container, Smith teaches her students to grow moss, ferns and other plants that thrive in low-light and high-moisture environments.
“We find ourselves separated from nature,” said Smith, 33, a visual artist and part-time teacher who has been making terrariums for three years.
“It’s comforting and calming to get your hands in the dirt.”
The container requires only a small amount of light, along with moisture, which condenses on glass’s walls to create a water cycle, she said.
Smith, who will be hosting the workshop in Cobble Hill next month, will provide all the necessary supplies for the class, after which students can take home their newly made terrariums.
And if you’re looking to create your own collection, Smith will also give advice on where people can pick up their own materials for the self-contained plant world.
The terrarium-making class on Sept. 28 is priced at $50 and will be hosted at By Brooklyn, located at 261 Smith St. To attend the class, R.S.V.P. with By Brooklyn.