RootWorks Terrarium Tillandandsias a/k/a Air Plants Uncategorized

Hey – Want to See Something Cool I’ve Been Doing With Plants?

Hey Everybody – Long time, no see! 

I started making RootWorks a while back.  Want to see? After using tillandsia (air plants) in terrariums for years:

A couple of years ago, I started mounting tillies on interesting sticks, much like they grow in the wild, but a little fancier:


Well, I got to be a little more elaborate, you know?  So now I’m getting boxes of tillandsias from warmer climes.  All nicely wrapped, packed to be safe and secure while traveling, they are a little smushed and thirsty when they arrive:


I give them a nice soaking and after an hour so to drip dry, they are a lot happier:


My walking buddy Chris is very patient with me; we find a lot of interesting roots and branches on the Midtown curbs to carry home:

I gather many shiny things from here and there:

And interesting stones and pebbles


I’ll study on the roots and limbs that I’ve collected, until I begin to see plants that will incline and nestle gracefully, coming together into a small community.

It’s an absorbing, contemplative way to spend time – slowly over weeks and months, as the plants settle in, I begin to see the parts come together into a whole:


These tillandsia caput medusa were alone on this root for months, then I found this blue poison dart frog who was happy to join them:

Then this Buddha decided it would be a good place to seek enlightenment:


Here’s another RootWork I’ve been working with for months, it’s really coming together nicely.  You can see how it has grown and changed as I’ve worked with it:


I really liked the idea of a sand dollar as a full moon rising behind the mermaid, but they are so fragile, I decided to look for an alternative.


This scallop shell is really nice, I think, and the way it lights up for a brief time every morning as the light moves through the window is magical:

I’ve been looking around for something to make a little belt for this lovely mermaid to cover the waxed thread that keeps her in place – so far, haven’t found it.  You can see what manifests in a later post!

More photos to come – I’d rather plant than post, so if you want to come by the studio to see some RootWorks and terrariums in person, maybe take one home, give me a holla!

Located in Midtown Memphis, I’m open by appointment for holiday shopping for terrariums, kokedama, and RootWorks.  Or you can schedule a time to build your own terrarium – maybe bring a friend, too.  Give me a call at 901-828-3685, email to [email protected], or fill out the contact form  below.

All right – that’s enough for now.  Hope to see or hear from you soon.




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    House Plants Plants Tillandandsias a/k/a Air Plants Uncategorized

    Tillandsia Xerigraphica in Full Bud! Only 4 Available

    Xerigraphica are like octopus plants with their mass of curled and twisting leaves.  The leaves expand and contract, too, reacting to the light and water conditions, and is a subtle pleasure to experience while holding one in your hand under a flow of water.  Or better yet, in the rain!

    They only bloom after they mature,  and after blooming, usually will form a pup, which is a new plant.  I’ve seen clusters of these plants bigger than me.  Yowser!

    I have four of these beauties in full bud for sale for $30 each, so if you are in the Memphis area, give me a call soon to come get one, they won’t last long.  Peace, love, and all good things to us all.



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    Air Plant Farmer at Arkansas Flower and Garden Show Feb 26-28, 2016

    If you are in the Little Rock area this weekend, don’t miss the opportunity to meet a true character in the plant world, my friend Michael Seal, who has a large variety of tillandsias, commonly known as air plants, and other bromeliads for sale.  He imports and grows these fascinating plants in southern Mississippi at his nursery, The Funny Farm.  You can buy individual plants, or air plant arrangements on wood, stone, or even hanging air plant mobiles!

    The show is at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham, in Little Rock. For more info go to Arkansas Garden Show. 

    Don’t miss this opportunity to buy the healthiest tillandsias you will ever see, with a wide variety to choose from, at direct from the grower prices.  Michael can tell you the tips and tricks for keeping these little fellows happy and healthy, so head over to the show this weekend and tell him the Memphis Plant Lady told you to say Hey!

    Here are a few of the many beautiful tillies you will see at The Funny Farm:

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