I had the pleasure of attending a floral workshop yet again with the talented Martha Deflorio of MADE Floral; however, this time, we made terrariums! Martha is amazing at explaining the hows and whys of floral at all of her workshops, especially to someone with a black thumb. The good news is that succulents are the easiest to keep alive, so this could be my big break! Not only did I get to make something beautiful to take home with me, I was able to get a little tour of my favorite distillery - Two James in Corktown. If you follow me, you know this is my all time favorite Gin and pretty much everything else is amazing as well. I learned that all the ingredients are sourced and produced from organic grains, wheats, corn, and other botanicals/herbs. Very cool factoids that I was able to share on a little tour with some clients in from Toronto for a stop over for a few hours in the D. Martha had everything laid out and ready to go when we got there: Soil, special moss flown in from Boston, succulents of course, rocks for layering, and little dinos painted white.
We started by putting our first layer down of rocks, followed by some carbon to keep everything fresh and clean, the dirt of course, and then we began to map out where we would plant our succulents. By trying different layouts before planting, it helps to see where you want your colors, sizes, and groupings inside the terrarium.
I was not aware that you should dip your bulbs in a little bath before placing in the dirt and WHY I didn't know that, i'm not sure. Probably has something to do with the black thumb, but makes complete sense.
After planting, we played with the moss shapes and textures to get the look we wanted to achieve and picked out our little dino friends that would be making their home in our terrariums. After we had a pretty finished product, Martha explained how to care for our new plant at home and sent us home with easy to follow instructions on care and maintenance.
Then of course, after all the hard work, I had to get myself a spring mule to try out with spicy jalapeno ginger beer, raspberry, and two james gin.
You can find more info on Martha's upcoming workshops on the https://www.facebook.com/pages/MADE-floral/740352632672529?ref=br_tf or https://www.facebook.com/pages/MADE-floral/740352632672529?ref=br_tf
Cheers and happy spring to you friends!