NEW: Terrarium Workshop!

Friday, June 30th, 2-3PM in the Floral Studio

Interested in starting a terrarium? Looking for a fun activity to do with a friend or family member? Love crafting? You're in luck! The Floral Studio at Hole's is offering a Terrarium Workshop Friday, June 30th from 2-3pm. Let our experts guide you through the proper terrarium building techniques, providing tips and tricks to ensure your terrarium will remain healthy and long-lasting. Everything you need to start a terrarium is included in this workshop, so you're guaranteed to leave the studio with a terrarium you can show off!

  • $79/person
  • All workshop supplies included

Spots are limited, so book today! Call 780-419-6800 (9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday) to reserve your spot.

DIY: Build Your Own Terrarium!

Because a terrarium is a self-contained ecosystem, you must set it up properly the first time, using proper materials. Be sure to buy a high-quality potting mix and select the appropriate plants. 


Supplies needed:

  • One terrarium with air holes or a glass jar without a lid
  • Small gravel, pea rock or coloured glass
  • Jim Hole’s Potting Soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Decorative accessories (stones, drift wood, wtc.)
  • Plants (two or three for every 3L of space; avoid fuzzy-leaved plants – they hold water and are susceptible to rotting)

Preparing the soil

 Start by creating a 1 cm base of gravel at the bottom of the terrarium. The gravel provides proper drainage, which is important because the container has no holes. 

Next, cover the gravel with a layer of potting mix. At least 5 cm of mix is required, but the mix can come up as high as half the height of the terrarium. 

Note: Charcoal is not necessary. The common belief is that charcoal will ‘filter’ the soil and keep it clean, but activated charcoal becomes inactive as soon as it is exposed to carbon in the air. 


Space plants according to the mature height and spread listed on their tags. 

Prepare holes in the soil where the plants will go by gently scooping away enough potting mix to bury the roots to the same depth as they were growing in their pots. 

Remove plants from containers and examine the roots. Packed and tangled (rootbound) rootballs can be gently teased loose. Don’t worry if the soil falls off plants while transplanting. Losing some is fine. 

Place plants in prepared holes and gently firm the soil, being careful not to pack it. Remove any damaged leaves. 

Trimming the terrarium

Decorate the soil with bits of moss or add other finishing touches such as driftwood or decorative stones. You’re creating your own little world, so let your imagination guide you. 


Give plants a thorough watering, but don’t over water. A terrarium sustains itself, so the first watering is essential to establishing the correct moisture level. 

Watching it grow

Placing a terrarium in a direct sun might seem like a nice treat for your plants, but it’s the equivalent of steaming vegetables in a pot! 

If you didn’t use a container with air holes, don’t cover your terrarium with a lid. Although it’s possible to grow plants in a self-contained environment, it’s incredibly difficult and requires perfect light, temperature and humidity conditions. 

Visit Hole's today and find everything you need to create your own custom terrarium! 

Hot Gardening Trends of 2015

Above, a few of the mini terrarium gardens available in our greenhouse. 

Above, a few of the mini terrarium gardens available in our greenhouse. 

Happy New Year! There are many "Hot 2015 Gardening Trends" lists that come out at this time of the year, so I thought that I would compile items from a few of my favourite lists and see what you think.
Cool and exciting
The first gardening trend for 2015 that caught my eye and that every gardener will love is "plants that are cool, exciting, and not a ton of work.”
Now, I think that this “trend” has been around for a long time, but there is little doubt that we all want to reduce the workload in the yard and have cool, exciting landscapes to enjoy. Maybe 2015 is the breakthrough year?
Small space gardens
Let’s face it, yards are generally getting smaller and everyone wants to get the most out of the limited space they have. Dwarf plants, square foot gardens, and vertical gardening are a few ways to do this.
Miniature Gardens and Terrariums
Continuing on with the small theme, miniature or Fairy gardens, bonsais, and terrariums continue to grow in popularity. These Lilliputian landscapes look great, don’t take up a lot of space, and can have a variety of themes from fairies to dinosaurs or model trains. The choices are only limited by one's imagination.
Urban Agriculture
An increasing number of people are rethinking what their yards are all about.

Some are embracing the idea of treating their yards as tiny farms or urban agricultural plots. Some are even campaigning against city bylaws and ordinances that prohibit the use of animals like chickens in residential areas.

I think it’s a pretty good guess that we won’t see a lot of livestock in our cities anytime soon but I do think there will be pockets of more intense vegetable and fruit growing in neighbourhoods.

~Jim Hole

Which gardening trends are you interested in this year? Do you have ideas for workshops that you'd like to see us put on or things you'd like to learn more about this year? Drop us a line at newsletter@holesonline.com! We're programming our 2015 workshops and events now and would love to hear from you.