I really don't consider myself a hobbyist because I don't always make terrariums. I only create when I have the necessary materials and when I have the motivation to make one. I believe that terrarium making is the same as having a pet, the only difference is that terrarium will survive even if you don't water it from time to time. With the right amount of materials and exact tender loving care, then terrarium will surely survive.
I started creating my own version of Terrarium when Covid-19 cases started to rise and the lockdown was implemented last March 2019. It all started when I met a new good friend Froilan Aloro of Terraplantae. He encourage me to create my own version of terrarium and after a few exchanges of messages, I finally created by very first closed terrarium. It is made of Syngonium plants and moss.
What is a Terrarium?
A terrarium (plural: terraria or terrariums) is a sealable glass container containing plants and soil, it can be opened occasionally for maintenance to access the plant inside. Terrariums can also be open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed. Terrariums are usually used as decorations or as an ornaments. The closed terrariums create a unique environment for plants to grow, the glass walls allows heath and light to enter the terrarium which then creates a small scale water cycle making the plants inside grow.
The first terrarium was developed by Botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1842. Ward had an interest in observing insect behaviour and accidentally left one of the jars unattended. A fern spore in the jar grew, germinated into a plant, and this jar resulted in the first terrarium. Since then, it quickly spread in the Victorean Era amongst the English. Instead of terrarium, it was know as the Wardian case.
Types of Terrarium
Tropical plants such as mosses, orchids, ferns, and air plants are usually kept within the closed terrariums due to the conditions being similar to the humid and sheltered environment of the tropics. The sealed terrarium allows the circulation of the water. The closed terrarium can be opened once a week to remove excess mositure from the iar and walls of the container. This is usually done to prevent the growth of mold or algae which could damage the plants and discolor the sides of the terrarium.
This type of terrarium are best suited to plants that loves low humidity and soil moisture, such as temperate plants. For plants adapted to dry climates, open, unsealed terrariums are used to keep the air free from moisture.
I will continue to make more terrariums in the future for the following reasons:
1. Plants brightens and improves your mood. Some people loves plants and it makes them relax and improve your mood. Like me, I love plants as you can see.
2. Terrariums unleashes your creativity. For some who loves creativity and arts, but making terrariums will sure elevate your creative element in building a terrarium. You will surely have a lot in your mind in creative a small world inside a bottle through the terrariums. Try it, who knows, you may create something unique and wonderful.
3. Terrariums are easy to look at. It's easy to take care of the plants inside if you have the right balance of moisture, soil, please and humidity. It still depends on what type of terrarium are you making. If you have open terrarium, then you will occasionally water the plants and if you have close terrarium - they water themselves. So you see, terrariums are low in maintenance.
4. You will surely enjoy Gardening, without the Garden. For those who lives in an apartment or those city slickers you can now rejoice! You have a way to grow things without a huge land area to call your own.
5. Terrariums are fantastic learning tool for ids and adults alike. This miniature ecosystem puts science up close and person for everyone. This allows the kids to learn how to take care of a plant like a pet and allow them to closely watch how the plants grow and how the water cycle operates inside the close ecosystem.
Finally paid off
After a few terrarium builds, I am happy to announce that some of our terrariums made it to a local show called AHA Show in one of their episode - Make your own Terrarium. Though they only featured my photos but I am still happy that I made it to the local show and finally the Terrarium community in the Philippines have been recognized. Cheers!
- From Davao City proper (downtown area0, take a Toril Jeep (PUV). You can see them at Aldevinco in Roxas St (in front of Ateneo De Davao University), you can also find then near University of Mindanao in Bolton St or you can also check SM Ecoland. Jeepney fare from downtown proper going to Toril is Php30.00.
- Inform the driver to drop you off at Mercury Drugstore in Toril. Once you are at Mercury Drugstore, you can easily find and notice motorcycle or tricycle drivers that can bring you to Eden Nature Park. Try to haggle on the fare if you can. From Mercury Drug to Eden Nature Park, the fare is usually at Php200 to Php300.
- Reservation Number: 09189307590 (please check their website for more details)
- They will send you a form that you need to fill out as part of the reservation. Once done, you will be advised to transfer the full amount thru the BPI acccount or via GCash.
- Email the deposit slip with your name and reservation date to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (082) 299-0313.
Ready for a sky-high adventure? Eden’s Skyrider is the perfect blood-pumping treat for you. The Skyrider is a set of 200-meter long steel cables suspended roughly 20 meters in the air between two steel towers, on which you glide along suspended while enjoying the spectacular view of Davao City and the Davao Gulf.
Pedal your way through the sky with Skycycle and feel the adrenaline rush as you bike on a cable 60 feet high with a distance of 200 meters.
The resort set the bar if extreme rides to a higher level as it introduces another extreme ride attraction, the first-of-its kind on Davao region-the Skyswing. Standing 95 feet off the ground, the ride will literally swing your heart out to the skies giving you an extreme feeling of excitement, satisfaction and fun. The ride will surely challenge your limits at the resort’s highest and fastest adrenaline rush. All ages are welcome to enjoy the ride, provided that reach the height requirement of 4 feet and within maximum swing weight of 300 kg. Feel the anticipation rise as you are slowly elevated to your desired height. Hanging from your harness, you will be notified by a whistle before you will be dropped. The ride will take approximately 10 minutes including putting on safety gears.
Horseback riding is definitely exciting, relaxing and refreshingly outdoorsy. Explore the trail, lined with beautiful pine trees. Leave the stresses and worries of life behind you and take in the splendor of the scenery. For beginners, rest assured that the guides are skilled and knowledgeable enough to make the experience worthwhile fun and safe.
Experience the simple joy of fishing and eating what you catch. Our ponds abound with tilapia (St. Peter’s Fish), dory, and hito (catfish). Whatever you catch is weighed and paid for. You may either take these home or eat it fresh from the pond. Choose from four different ways of cooking: pinaputok, inihaw, fried, and paksiw. For a minimal fee, our village staff will serve your fish dish in your preferred manner of cooking.
Take a refreshing dip in our swimming pool surrounded by lush vegetation. This used to be an infinity pool with the Davao Gulf as a horizon. However our lush forest has nurtured rather tall trees that now obscure the horizon-but we think the ambience is just as divine! This blue, kidney shaped pool is 4.5-feet-deep. For the young ones, the pool has a shallow area (roughly 3 feet), as well as a kiddie pool. The snack bar provides food and refreshments after a swim.
Children and adults alike can entertain themselves while waiting for their meals in its huge playground at the Vista Park and will surely feel pure exhilaration as they experience the popular Indian Jones.
Another one-of-kind feature where guests can walk inside the wheel while it’s up to 60 feet meter.
The Amphitheater is reminiscent of the ancient Roman civilization. Masses, wedding ceremonies and small concerts have been held at the center of the amphitheater. The site presents another excellent view of Davao City and its gulf.
Awaken your senses to the soothing sound of a mountain stream and a myriad of bird songs in the aviaries, resembling their natural habitat.
The Deer Park serves as the domicile of over thirty Philippine deer Spot the deer as they move beneath trees and shrubs while you enjoy the sight of their interesting habitat in a ravine.
At Eden, particularly in the Flower Garden, flowers grow in wild abandon. Many of these were brought in as seeds from abroad. Here you will find, among others, the Black-eyed Susan, Buddleia Lavender (Butterfly Bush), Sunflowers, Blue Rose, Cleome White Brush, Gerbera (Daisy) and now a favorite in Eden, the Mickey Mouse.
Experience nature as you ramble through the friendly ravine walks and boulder paths. Listen to the chirping of the birds and the rusting of the leaves as the site if nature’s richness energize you while you jog or walk through the trails.
Lola’s Garden flourishes with grandma’s favorite flowers and vegetables. Take a stroll in the garden on one of the guided shuttle tour stop overs and be amazed with the breath taking view of the Davao Gulf.
“A cultural journey into the heartland of Indigenous Wisdom” Deep in the heart of Eden lies Tinubdan, a wellspring of Mindanaon culture. Occupying over 5,000 square meters, it is a cultural park within a park. Derived from the root word tubod, meaning spring or origin of water, Tinubdan is the tubod of wisdom-a dynamic tour designed to give viewers glimpses of the customs, traditions, beliefs and the way of life of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao. Tinubdan shows you several dimensions of the Lumad existence.
All year long, Eden grows and harvests only what is best for your health, the organic or friendly veggies. Two greenhouses are also used to grow several varieties of the mouthwatering lettuce using the state-of- the-art Hydroponic Technology.
The playground is situated near the Vista Restaurant, overlooking the Deer Park and Fishing Village. The new playground features a modern playground structure that blends with the natural resort setting. There are various play equipment children will surely enjoy. Kids will be excited to try the colorful playpens , swings, slides, climbing frames and rides. Take your pick whether it’s testing your skill and agility at the Obstacle Course, or taking turns pushing each other on a swing, or just romping around on the grass, we’ve got everything covered it all for you.
Take a short walk from the Day Tour Center to the Butterfly Garden and discover something new about these familiar insects. Take time to read fun facts and look at the beautiful preserved insects at the center. Take the path around the garden and be amazed by the colors of our very own Philippine species.
BAMBOO MAZE – Challenge yourself with the breathtaking twists and turns depending on how good you are with navigating. It usually takes a guest 8 to 10 minutes to complete the maze, there is no time limit so you can stay in as long as you like.
You can check out there site www.edennaturepark.com or visit their sales and reservations office at Matina Town Square, MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City.
My day tour at Eden Nature Park has been amazing. I had fun doing the hike trail and visiting Tinubdan. It really makes you appreciate more of your culture by going back into a little history about the different tribes in Mindanao. The food is really good and the people are very much accommodating.
If you like to spend time with nature and appreciate the fresh air breeze, then Eden Nature Park and Resort is the perfect place for you. If you also plan to do any wedding pictorials, the location is also available for that nature like prenup photoshoot.
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