chelsea diane + glass gardens


over a year ago i met john from glass gardens studio when i had an office right next to the with lavender and lace store. he is such a charismatic guy who is so excited about plants.. which makes you excited about them as well. i have always had a green thumb when it comes to growing veggies or flowers. taking care of desert plants on the other hand.. i did ok but i really did not know what i was doing.


we got together last month with our friend brittany to do a stylized shoot. i was really excited that we chose to do it in my apartment. i have been really blessed to have a place that has constant stream of light. we did more studio shots in the then office (i switched things around soon after, will share in the future!) and the light could not be more perfect. after we moved into the living area where it was more of a lifestyle shoot where brittany styled his products in various places in my apartment. (which was so fun!)

last week i joined john at the recently opened west elm to shoot his terrarium class! it was so much fun. just from being a fly on the wall i learned so much. it was cool to see people from all age groups dive in to learn more about succulents. 

basic tools to making a terrarium:

1. a home for the succulents. some people like to use the big globes or you can even use vintage dishes (what kaitlin & i usually use) 

2. soil

3. rocks (any color!)

4. water

5. moss

6. succulents

how to:

1. first, you can make your terriarum however you want. but this is what i saw that worked best.

> put the rocks of your choice on the bottom of the surface of the glassware.

2.  dab the roots of the plants in water to prepare them for the soil.

3. add soil (fill it to where it covers the roots completely)

4. decorate! continue to add rocks, soil, moss 

5. water the plants with a tablespoon of water. succulents do not need much water to live off of. after you water your plants you can go 2-3 weeks without watering them (which is awesome!)