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The history of the terrarium can be traced back to the Victorian era when the amateur botanist Nathaniel Ward tried to find a way for his ferns to survive the polluted London air. In his honor, the first terrarium was called ‘The Wardian Case’ and it was used to transport tea plants from China to India, helping to launch the Indian tea industry. Today, bottle gardens and terrariums are making a great comeback. Any glass container can be used to create a mini-garden. A large glass cookie jar, an aquarium or a large bottle can host a terrarium. Make sure the glass container of your choice is watertight, and not leaky. The wider the mouth of the container, the easier your task of filling it.