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Private Workshops

Looking for something more meaningful & interesting to do for a special event/party? Terrarium workshops are a perfect alternative for Hen Parties, work functions or those special occasions.

You’ve taken a look at our terrarium workshops and you’ll think it will be perfect for your event. If you haven’t already please take a look at what goes into our Terrarium Workshops.
There are few options for you to choose from. If you would like us to do everything for you or if you already have a venue in mind we can offer discount.
We ask that workshops have a minimum of 6 people. You get to choose if you would like to plant into the regular or large terrarium shells. Workshops are for 18+ as we do provide alcohol but this is optional. We are not allowed to provide workshops for under 16’s. This is due to our public liability insurance. Please make yourselves aware of the terms and conditions of our workshops which can be found at the bottom of our Workshops page.


Option 1 – Full Ticket Cost
This works exactly as our workshops run. We provide the venue & the additional extras*.

Option 2 – 10% off
You have a venue (i.e your home, function room.) but would still like us to provide the additional extras*.

Option 3 – 15% off
You have the venue & don’t wish to have the additional extras.


*Additional extras include glasses of Prosecco for guests.

If this is something you would like to discuss further please use the contact form below. Please include the date, time and the number of attendees. Also, please include if you would like to go for the regular or large shell and which option you’d like to go with. Just to make you aware that we don’t provide workshops over January & February and we need a minimum of 8 weeks notice to book you in. If you are providing the venue, we do ask that it’s easily accessible as we have to bring lots of materials with us.
To secure your booking we will ask for a deposit which will be 50% of the overall cost and will be non-refundable. We will then ask for the remainder of the payment 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

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Walk-In Workshops

Join me for a one to one terrarium workshop at Illustrate on Sunday 26th May, 11am – 5pm.

You’ll receive a more personal experience of my terrarium workshops, where you’ll get me all to yourself. Just like the group workshops I’ll briefly explain how this form of indoor gardening has helped my mental well-being to then starting my own business and the history of terrariums. I’ll talk you through the layering and you’ll get to pick the plants you would like to have inside, then decorate as you please. You’ll leave with your brand new terrarium, watering pipette & expert care advice.

How it’ll work:

I’m planning on having 8 sessions throughout the day (subject to change), which I’ll be hoping to start every 45 minuets, with the first starting at 11:15am. There is a limit of 12 people for the day.

If you arrive and I’m already in a session and you would like to take part in the next one, there will be a reservation list. Depending on the schedule you’ll be able to browse the store, grab a coffee from the cafe or pop out shopping and return at your chosen time.

The session are one to one, where you’ll to have a more personalised workshop. If there’s more than yourself wishing to take part, depending on space, I might be able to host for two people. No groups. You will be asked to split up or attend one of my group workshops instead. For my other workshop dates please click here.

This is the first time I’ll be trialing walk-in workshops, please be patient if I am running behind schedule or spaces are full. This could either be a huge success or a terrible, terrible idea.

All material supplied, just bring your wonderful self.

If you require further information on the drop in terrarium workshop, please email me directly at loofterrariums@gmail.com. Thank you.

By taking part in this workshop you are agreeing to the workshop terms & conditions. Please make yourself aware of these before attending.

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Plants For Dark Spaces

Living in a basement flat really limits the plants that are suitable for my flat. It’s dingy, damp and draughty. Pretty much inhabitable for plants. But there is hope, if I can make plant work in my flat so can you!

If you’re like me and live some where dark and dingy, here are my top plants for dark spaces. They’re also easy plants to care for, even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs. Don’t worry we’ve all killed our fair share of plants.

Philodendron

Native to tropical America, this plant has beautiful heart shaped leaves and is great for low lit rooms. Growing high in the trees this epiphyte is a trailing vine or you can train it to climb. Another plus to owning a Philodendron is that it’s so easy to care for. Keep the soil moist in summer, but never waterlogged this can cause root rot.. Allow it to dry out in the winter. They like humidity, mist occasionally otherwise I like to take mine into the shower with me. It’s fast growing and easy to propagate. A must have in my eyes.

Photo by Nikita Kachanovsky on Unsplash

Sanservieria 

Not one I have in my collection yet but snake plants are SO easy to care for. This plant is perfect if you’re looking to add green to your flat but not overly green fingered. Native to western tropical Africa, it’s very slow growing but is great to have in low lit bedrooms as they release oxygen during the night. Too lower light will dull the markings on the leaves, just move to a less shady spot. Allow to completely dry out between watering.

Spathiphyllum

Peace lilies are another super easy plant to look after and great for those darker rooms. These evergreen plants are native to tropical regions of America and southeastern Asia. This flowering plant produces lush white flowers but in the right conditions. Check the soil before watering, if it’s damp don’t water, if dry it’s safe to water. Another way of checking to see if your Spathiphyllum needs watering is that the leave start to droop, once watered you’ll see them bounce back. I adopted a couple of Spathiphyllums off my parents which I’ll need to repot this spring and also have an extremely root bound one that my partner sort of neglected which I’ll be trying to bring it to its full potential.

Asplenium

There’s many different species you can have. I particularly like the Bird’s nest fern. It’s big beautiful green leaves and the way the fronds unravel from the centre captivate me. Ferns are great for low leveled light but do require a little more care and attention then some of the above. Never place a Asplenium in direct sunlight as this will cause damage to the leaves, keep the soil moist and allow the top layer to dry out in between watering and they love being misted. Again I like to take mine in to the shower to really get the humidity right.

Scindapsus

This guy goes by many names Devil’s ivy, Golden pothos are just to name a couple. Attractive for the markings on the leaves they can easily be confused as a variegated Philodendron, however the leaves shape and size are different. It’s a climbing plant that you can either train or allow it trail over the pot. Again this is pretty easy to care for and can tolerate low light. This can stunt the growth but if you have a slightly less shady area it’ll be much happier. Never allow the soil to be soggy and let it dry out a little in between watering and they love humidity. This is also another plant that can easily be propagated by taking a small cutting.

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Marimo Moss Balls

After recently discovering and studying Marimo moss balls I had to share more about these fascinating fellas. There’s even a legend that comes with them, which is just as adorable as they are.

Marimo moss balls are a must have to anyone’s budding collection, they’re super cute, so easy to care for and love cool dark spots. Perfect if you live in a basement flat like myself!

Latin name: Aegagropila linnaei

History

Marimo is a Japanese word that translates to ‘seaweed ball’. They’re technically not moss, but a rare form of algae that grow in lakes in the Northern hemisphere. These slow growers can live for hundreds of years and naturally form into spheres from the currents. Growing at a rate of 5mm a year they grow between 8 – 12 inches in the wild. Their natural habitat is fresh water lakes in Japan, Estonia, Iceland, Scotland & Australia. They’re even considered a national treasure in Japan with some parts of the country having Marimo Festivals.

Legend

Japanese folklore has it that Marimo came from the spirits of two lovers. The legend has it that a tribals chief’s daughter fell in love with a commoner but their love was forbidden. The couple decide to run away but tragically fell into the Lake Akan where their spirits changed into the moss balls.

Marimo moss balls are a token of love, affection and good luck. It is also said Marimo bring the giver and receiver their heart’s desire.

Care

Your Marimo will like being kept somewhere with low-medium indirect sunlight and out of direct sunlight completely. Place them somewhere cool, keep away from any heat source in the winter.

Change the water every couple of week, you may be able to get away with changing it once a month in the winter. I prefer to collect rainwater for my Marimo moss balls, but you can use tap water, just let it sit for 24 hours before placing the Marimo in.

I’d recommend cleaning the glass each time you change the water as you might find there might be a buildup of unwanted algae.

Marimo should be a lovely deep green colour. If your Marimo are browning place them in a cooler, darker space and hopefully they’ll change back. If not you may need to add some aquarium ocean salt.

 

You can find our Marimo moss ball terrariums here.

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Meet The Maker: Make & Matter aka Chloe Cohen

Welcome to the first Meet the Maker of 2018. This time we’re introducing you to Chloe, designer and creator of Make & Matter.

Chloe produces exquisite concrete and jesmonite planters as well as small homewares. I spotted these planters when browsing around PRICK over a year ago. Since then you can now find Chloe’s work all over Bristol. But let’s get to know the process of how Make & Matter began.

Before starting Make & Matter, Chloe has had a lot of hands on experience within her field. Starting from a young age, Chloe recalls how her mother would involve her in casting their bodies in different materials.

Chloe also worked for a top designer, Oreil Hardwood for 10 years. She was apart of a small team that would create her furniture in cast resin. Although Chloe may use different materials from her ‘mentor’, you can see the skill and years of practicing these techniques in her own work.

 

As well as gathering experience and techniques from her time working with Hardwood, Chloe has also worked in many workshops and studios. Taking all this knowledge and with an interest in handmade and small batch production. Chloe wanted to explore the wider production opportunities that the UK had to offer. After winning a competition by The Southbank Centre and the Observer, which helped her set up production in Stoke on Trent producing some of her ceramic designs.

Not only has Chloe achieved all this, she also runs a successful jewellery business. This stemmed from making her own engagement ring in which she fell in love with the process. Each piece was inspired by meaningful points in her life, her marriage and the death of her grandma. But noticed that she was sat writing emails and doing other aspects of the business which she didn’t enjoy as much. Which brought her to starting Make & Matter.

 

When starting this new venture, Chloe wanted to make everything herself from start to finish. This also gave her the chance to develop and experiment with using different materials, processes and ideas. It also gave Chloe the freedom to work more on what she loves. Rather than focusing on admin and sales.

Even with the mountainous amount of experience, Chloe is still learning parts of the industry she hasn’t been apart of yet. Now selling to smaller independent retailers, she’s noticed the difference in business between companies. Where it’s more supportive, informal and forgiving. The business is growing organically with Chloe adapting and changing small bits of the business she knew she would be able to change later in the process.

 

I think we can all agree on how beautifully created Chloe’s cement and jesmonite planters are. You really appreciate the time and effort that is put into each one. If you’d like to get your hands on some, head over to Make & Matter’s Etsy Shop or pop into The Might Quinns Flower Emporium or Old Market Plants.

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Bring On 2018

With 2017 drawing to a close and everyone getting ready to party their way into 2018. I’ve pulled out the best bits of Loof from 2017 and tell you the plans for 2018.

2017 has been a great year for Loof. We’ve had our regular spot at the BS5 Market each month, we’ve innovated our terrariums and collaborated with some awesome artists.

 

We were at 8 markets over the Christmas period, we think that’s pretty good going for our first Christmas. We hope to attend many more markets over 2018 and hopefully you might see us at some in Bath. 

Kubus Collection

Piramide Collection

Bespoke Terrarium

We’ve changed the supplier of our terrariums to bring you a completely handmade product. And worked on some awesome custom projects.

Custom Order

Our collaboration with Ropa Lobita has seen us sell out of our Loof Leaf design. We hope to bring out some more unisex tees for everyone to enjoy!

I’d personally like to thank everyone who has bought anything over the year, you’ve truly kept me doing what I’m doing. Struggling with depression, my mind tells me to give up on a daily basis. But seeing the support, seeing you share your photos and giving me feedback makes me strive to bring you high quality, hand crafted products! Keep sharing and spreading the love, we all need it in this world today!

We’re looking forward to the New Year with loads of projects to get our teeth stuck into. Now let’s raise a couple of glasses and welcome in the New Year.

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London’s Top Plant Shops

The main reason for going to London was to carry out some market research and checking out how the top places in London are doing it. In my last blog post I wrote about Palm Vaults, (it’s awesome check it out) but we also visited lots of collaborative stores that incorporate plants into their interior or ethos.

Conservatory Archives

This place is picturesque and I could have spent a lot more time photographing the inside. Before you even get through the door there’s an entourage of tall palms outside, once inside everywhere you look there’s a plant! Filled to the brim with a large variety of houseplants, cacti, succulents, tillandsias, that’s just a fraction of it all!  

The Conservatory Achieves isn’t just a shop to buy plants, it’s a showroom. It showcases the impact plants can have on people. If you take a look through their Instagram you can see they’re much more than that, installing large pieces of plants displays into businesses.

PRICK

Prick is London’s first ever cacti specialist shop. And from the outside the large cacti in the window draw you right in. Owner, Gynelle knows a lot about this subject and has just written a book. As well as a variety of cacti and succulents to purchase, there’s a supply of beautifully crafted planters. It’s where I found out about Chloe, the beauty behind Make & Matter.

The store is extremely light making you feel relaxed and helps you envision how they’d look in your home. Don’t be scared away from the pricing of the larger species, some of them are hundreds of years old, making them much more of a collector’s item or if you’re looking for that statement piece.

Cuemars

Cuemars is a collaborative space that fuses a passion for plants, interior and fashion. It’s full of quirky and interesting products with a main focus towards botanical themed home decor.

Working alongside their friends, you have terrariums next to handmade leather purses, practical clothing and other beautiful items. There’s artwork to browse through with foliage dotted around the shop. It’s lovely, it’s got everything to brighten up your interior.

Botany

Botany is a little hidden away gem. With plants outside it’s not hard to miss. Another collaborative space that is a blend of plants and skin care, home decor and even some stationary.

There was a Scandinavian feel to the store with it’s big blankets and rustic pots you could easily fill your home with. They truly want to create a space that is beautiful and as relaxing as possible.

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London: Palm Vaults

Palm Vaults is the coffee shop of my dreams. The food was so beautifully prepared and presented. With rainbow coffees and an interior that takes you away from a bustling city.

I’ve been following Palm Vaults on Insta for a little while. I was drawn to the hanging plants from the ceiling, the pale pink tones and the decor gives you a feeling of being in LA in the 80’s. I was intrigued by the lattes I saw and the colourful display of cakes and breakfast goodies. When I was planning this trip to London I had to make time to visit. Boy am I glad we went there.

Palm Vaults is mainly a vegetarian cafe, with a lot of the food being vegan and free from options too. Perfect if you’re like me and you have a shit ton of intolerances. It meant I could fully relax and not have to worry about if the food I’m eating might get contaminated or they didn’t hear my order correctly.

Firstly we had to get coffee down ourselves. (It was 10am and the caffeine headaches were already starting). Palm Vaults have a large range of speciality coffees, but with a twist. Not only did they only serve their coffees with a wide range of non-dairy alternatives, they had a whole menu of colourful and tonic lattes. I had to get one, I went for the Red Velvet. This consisted of espresso, fresh beet juice, cacao, agave, vanilla & steamed coconut milk. It was beautifully sweet and well balanced. There’s subtle hints of all the flavours coming through without any being to overbearing. The biggest down fall? The presentation, I was hoping that the latte would have been more rich in colour but looked a little muddy. Coming from a barista background I like to see well texturised milk to create latte art, but we can’t have everything can we?

Next the food. I’m a massive fan of banana bread, especially if it’s vegan. With a couple of topping to choose from the one that made my mouth water was the almond caramel & cacao nibs. I was expecting it to be super sweet and sickly but it was so incredibly more-ish. The sweetness of the almond caramel was balanced out with the bitterness of the cacao nibs.

The decor was one of the main reasons for the visit. They have a variety of hanging plants dangling from the ceiling, the pastel pink tones reflected well with the exposed brick wall and the mirrors really opened up the space. I really loved the interior, the plants could of done with a little more TLC but being a cafe they may not have the time to care for them as much as they should.

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London’s Urban Jungles

Creating your own urban jungle is in and Bristol is just as obsessed with plants as everyone else. We’ve got shops popping up all over the city. I took a trip to London with my plant pal Octavia to see what the big smoke has to offer.

High on my list to visit was Sky Garden and the Barbican Conservatory as well as some of London’s best known plant retailers. We packed a lot into such a short period but we managed to visit everywhere and even stumbled upon Columbia Road Flower Market.

We headed over to Hackney to check out Conservatory Archives. I’ve only been following these guys on Instagram for a short time, but once you look at their feed you’ll understand why we visited. Their picturesque store was heavenly and full to the brim with every plant imaginable. Palms, cacti and climbers were plentiful and the sheer size of some of them was overwhelming.

Saturday evening we booked a table in the bar of the Sky Garden. I was extremely excited to visit this garden in a skyscraper. Arriving at the pod I was stunned by the living wall opposite, plants covering the whole wall of the building. But once inside I was slightly disappointed, don’t get me wrong, the views of London at night was spectacular and it was a lovely evening. The lighting on the plants was not flattering. It was dark, you didn’t really have a full view of the plants. There were some that looked very sun damaged and I’m sad to say that there were bug infestations on some of the plants.

During the evening there was DJ when we arrived, then a live band. We had booked a table at the bar and we had a beautiful view of the Shard as we had our drinks and shared some food. If you’re interested in visiting you’ll have to book your visit in advance as it’s viewed by booking only. You can turn up on the day but you’ll be sure to be waiting (outside) a while before being allowed in.

Sunday was much better and more focused towards visiting retailers. We spent the morning in Hackney, starting at Palm Vaults, a vegetarian cafe with a lot of it’s food being vegan. Once fed and caffeinated we headed over to Botany, a plant and lifestyle brand. We also visited Prick, London’s first specialist cacti shop who have just published their own book and Cuemars, a collaborative store of local designers, plants and lifestyle.

To finish our trip we spent the afternoon at the Barbican Centre. When I was living in London I had visited centre a couple of times to see a couple of exhibitions but never knew about the conservatory. I loved the industrial brickwork against the tropical palms, it was an urban jungle. I took my film camera with me which I’ll soon be getting developed.

I’ll be going into more detail of our time in London in following posts, but I wanted to give you an overview of our time there. To follow more of what we got up to follow us on Instagram.

Places we didn’t visit but you should is London Terrariums and Forest.

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November 2017

A quick recap on the past couple of weeks and find out what we’ve got in store for you this November!

Apologies on missing posting to the blog last week. Here’s just a quick review on what’s been happening at Loof HQ.

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a personal struggle. My mental health has taken a bit of a bashing through challenging my comfort zones.

I spent 4 days with the Prince’s Trust on their Explore Enterprise Course, had an MRI scan and went to a lot of evening seminars. The Prince’s Trust was great, met loads of great artists, designers and like minded people. It was also an emotional rollercoaster with talking about finance and feeling way out of my depth.

This as well as going to business seminars where a lot of the talk was about finance, I sunk into my depression questioning ‘why on earth am I doing this?’.

Then let’s throw in having to go to the hospital. I hate hospitals and work myself into a stressed little bee, thinking of all the possibilities that could be wrong with me. Luckily I’ve had the results back and they were negative. People would see this a positive, but all I can think is ‘am I imagining everything? Maybe I’m not ill at all and my mind is playing tricks on me.’

Dealing with all this in the space of 2 weeks was a little too much for me to handle. But I’m feeling motivated and inspired to focus on Loof and the next month is going to be a busy one. Here’s what’s coming up!

 

 

November 2017

4th & 5th Nov – Market Research Trip, London!
5th Nov – BS5 Market, St George. 10am – 2pm. My partner will be doing this alone, stock will be limited.
17th Nov – B-Bee’s Craft and Farmers Market, Fishponds. 7pm – 10pm.
25th Nov – Made In Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall. 10am – 4pm.
30th Nov – Bookbarn Winter Fayre, Bookbarn International.  4pm – 9pm.

 

Myself and my friend are off to London for a market research trip. We’ll be visiting Sky Garden, the Barbican Centre and loads of awesome plant inspired stores. I’ll be documenting the whole trip over Instagram, get following for all the updates, click here. I will be taking my film camera and writing a blog post about it when we get back.

Whilst I’m away David will be taking the reins on the BS5 Market, as there will only be him there, there will be limited stock available. But we have the option for you to place an order for any of the terrariums.

We’ll be getting prepped for Christmas (I know, I’m sorry for bring up it up when it’s only October). We have lots and lots of markets that we’ll be attending (all listed above), get the dates in your diaries now! I will soon be taking Christmas orders to help you get organised and (hopefully) not miss out on getting awesome gifts for your family and friends. I’d advise getting in contact as soon as you can if you’re wanting a terrarium made, especially if you’re after a custom/bespoke terrarium.

 

 

Another thing I’ll be working on over the next month is subscription boxes. Plants delivered straight to your door every month! Each subscription box will include a potted cacti or succulent with varied surprises each month. The longer the subscription the bigger and better the surprise. Another great thing about the subscription boxes, we’ll be able to post them all over the UK. If you’ve been dying to get your hands on some of our potted plants, this will be your chance!

I hope to launch this at the beginning of December with the first box arriving just before Christmas. This will make a great gift for the cacti lover, or as a treat to keep for yourself (you decide!).