Episode one: terrariums

In the last decade, miniature worlds under glass have gone from zero to hero: time was when a terrarium was a dusty bottle on your nan’s nicknack table - now you see them everywhere, from coffee shops to office reception desks.

In this very first episode of my podcast, On The Ledge, I find how these clever little contraptions were invented, what you can grow in them and how to get your very first terrarium set up. My guests are Tovah Martin, author of The New Terrarium and other inspirational books about houseplants, and Emma Sibley, founder of London Terrariums. You can listen by pressing play above, or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher and all good podcast stores.

Want to start a terrarium?

Here's a list of plants that grow well in terrariums:

  • Nerve plant (Fittonia)
  • Friendship plant (Pilea involucrata)
  • Peperomia
  • Starfish plant
  • Baby's tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)
  • Bromeliads
  • Ferns such as the maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum)
  • Polka dot plant (Hypoestes)
  • Spike moss

Get in touch

If you'd like to share a picture of your new terrarium, ask a question or make a comment, you can comment below, email jane.perrone@gmail.com or tweet @janeperrone. Do like the On The Ledge Facebook page, too.


Thanks to the wonderful voice artist Mark Hamilton for providing the voice of Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward; theme music is Government Funded Weed by Black Ant.