When he asked for a succulent to keep in his room, we gave him one, which seemed to scratch his garden itch for a while. A few weeks ago, at our dentist's office, he spied a terrarium and was entranced. I told him that it was made by one of our neighbors and he begged me for one. We saw her at a neighborhood art festival and told her what we were looking for, and she suggested that we come to her studio to build a custom terrarium. This past Sunday, we did!
First, he picked out one of three started terrariums she offered. She'd suggested he bring interesting pebbles, larger stones, soldiers, and bits of wood.
Nancy gave us lots of good advice on how to keep the terrarium watered but not soaked- it is a delicate balance between too wet and too dry, to give it filtered light, and when to keep the covering on and when to remove it.
He was so excited to bring his terrarium home. Right now it lives in the east-facing living room, where it gets the best indirect light. I'm excited about this entry into gardening, something that he put together and he's in charge of- and something that is absolutely masculine!
Here is the final piece: