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We know all the ins and outs of finding you the best rates on flights, transportation and top-rated accommodations, so you don't encounter any unwelcome surprises along the way. ALL ABOUT TRAVEL 919-751-0464 • 401 North Spence Avenue Cobblestone Place, Goldsboro Associated Press Plants in a Wardian case, now usually called a terrarium, can live for months, or years, with little or no watering or other care. depending on the container, the plants and the type of "landscaping" you want. Perhaps, depending on your "landscape," one or more rocks also. Finally ... the plants. Dexterity with chopsticks helps in planting. Choose plants that thrive in high humidity and will not grow too fast. A spider plant in a terrari- um I made for my brother a few years ago has pushed off the wooden lid and now is climbing out the top. Good plant choices for larg- er terrariums are dracenas, diffenbachias and palms. Low-growing plants include English ivy (choose small- leaved cultivars), prayer plants, ferns, baby's tears and mosses. The climate within a closed container allows cultivation of insectivorous plants like the Venus fly trap, pitcher plant, and sundew, all of which need moist, boggy soils and very humid air. (And perhaps a fly every now and then.) The final step, watering, is the most critical. Add water gradually so as not to form puddles in the soil. Add enough water to mois- ten the soil without making it sodden. Then set the terrarium in its permanent location, in bright light but out of direct sun, and watch for condensa- tion. If the right amount of water has been added, there should be slight condensation on the glass each morning. If you have overwatered, let the case dry out for a few days with the lid off. Note the succession of plants and perhaps other organisms that thrive in the unique ecosystem created within each terrarium. Something always thrives. My first terrarium was far too sodden, but it did grow an attractive and interesting crop of mushrooms, in addition to the plants that survived. Continued from 8 Cases Associated Press People learn the craft of terrarium building at a crowded hip hop bar in downtown Boston during Plant Nite. Associated Press Supplies are provided by Plant Nite staff for class partic- ipants to build their own ter- rariums at a bar in down- town Boston. Some of the items include a paint brush, succulents, containers and potting soil. Terrariums Easy, pretty and cool, terrariums are back in style. You can make one at home with a few supplies. The Associated Press BOSTON — At a crowded, downtown bar one Saturday night, the lights were dim, hip-hop music played and most everyone had a drink in hand. The bar itself was covered with succulents, and the tabletops with accoutrements like paintbrushes, plastic spoons and planters of potting soil. The crowd was here to learn the craft of terrarium building. "Now, these succulents are very hard to kill, I promise," said Lindsay Webber, the effervescent 28-year-old instructor of the class on terrariums. "You'll only have to water them once every two weeks or so, and they only need a squirt or two of water." The two-hour lesson, called Plant Nite, was part of a program that started in Boston in 2015 and has spread to 32 states and Canada. It's operated by a company called Paint Nite that capi- talizes on the do-it-yourself movement and a clientele willing to pay for an experience — such as a primer on building terrari- ums. These miniature landscapes are encapsulated in containers made of blown glass, ornate clay pots or a variety of other mate- rials. "I started getting into gardening a few years ago, and that's If you have any questions about plants, shrubs or trees in your yard or some that you are considering purchasing, you can call the Wayne County Master Gardener's group at 919-731-1520. The Master Gardeners are located in the new Maxwell Center on Wayne Memorial Drive. Days and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Master Gardener plant clinic is open Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. mid-March through mid-September. See TERRARIUMS, Page 11

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