Reviewed by Gemma Ingham
I was lucky enough to receive the Valentine’s Mini Copper Cube Terrarium from The Urban Botanist and their Valentine’s range. The Urban Botanist are an independent business aiming to bring any space to life with their vast range of living and artificial art.
The first thing that struck me about the terrarium upon receipt was that even though it’s described as mini, it’s a really good size (19cm x 19cm x 19cm). It is currently sitting well on my mantelpiece and neither dominates nor is overshadowed in that space. The copper frame and geometric cube shape is bang on trend and looks awesome with my mid-century modern style décor. The cube is designed so it presents itself as more of a diamond shape, and a flattened bottom keeps it in that position. It’s very sturdy and is obviously made out of quality materials.
It arrived by courier packed extremely securely in swathes of bubble wrap, packaging foam and wrapped in pink tissue paper. I received the entire kit with the lights, terrarium and succulents packaged separately for me to put together (can also be purchased fully assembled if you don’t want to create your own mini garden). The white gravel is built into the terrarium, so it saves you the hassle of building up the gravel to the right level to show off the plants as it’s already positioned perfectly for you. It will always look tip top with not a stone out of place.
The fairy lights are small and controlled by a clear battery pack. The lights are on a bendable wire that allows you to sculpt them as you please. I bunched the wire up and swirled it around the inner walls of the terrarium and between the succulent leaves.
The kit includes 3 succulents that are already potted up and ready to go. There is a space in the gravel already built in for you to place the pot and all you need to do is decide which succulent you want towards the front. I found that the bigger succulent is better placed to the back of the terrarium. The small pot is easy to take in and out for any maintenance you might need to give the plants although in my experience this is unlikely, as these plants tend to look after themselves. Should you not be sure how to look after them or be a plant serial killer, a really good care guide is included telling you how and when to water to give you the best chance.
Overall, I’m really pleased with the terrarium. I’m quite an experienced plant keeper but I feel that I’d be confident in giving this gift to someone who is new to plants as they couldn’t fail to be pleased. The style would fit in with any décor, would make a great dining table centrepiece, and look amazing on a wedding table. There is also an option to order a personalised wooden token (with up to 35 characters, please bear in mind that this can add up to 3 days shipping to the order) that can sit inside the terrarium, so with Valentine’s Day coming up it would make the perfect personalised gift for your beloved.
RRP: £50 (Fully assembled) / £60 (DIY kit with lights) / £60 (Fully assembled with lights)
For more information or to buy visit www.theurbanbotanist.co.uk.
The Urban Botanist are offering our readers 20% off their order until 28 February 2019, use VAL20 at checkout.