Anyone can be a successful "plant person" with our beautiful self-watering terrariums.

Welcome to our little shop here at 44th and Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon.

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Street Address:
Roosevelt's Terrariums
1510 SE 44th Ave., Apt. 101,
Portland, OR 97215

Fall Shop Hours:

Tuesdays Through Saturdays — 11 am to 6 pm
Sundays & Mondays — Closed to Enjoy Our Church
& Family Life

 

What is a terrarium?

A terrarium is live plants growing inside a closed clear container. It may be a glass bottle, a jar, an aquarium container, or a wood and plate glass Wardian case. But regardless of the shape or size, it has to be closed in order to recycle its water, oxygen and carbon dioxide. That's how it can thrive for years.

As we like to say around here;

"If it doesn't have a lid, who you trying to kid? It's not a terrarium."

Here at Roosevelt's Terrariums we specialize in these closed, science-based, high humidity, low maintenance, self-contained, self-watering ecosystem terrariums because these are the only terrariums that allow ordinary folks to succeed with live plants. That's why we can offer our No-Fault Warranty and Free Maintenance. Our terrariums thrive, and so all they need is an occasional pruning and cleaning, all provided free of charge here in our shop.

Our terrariums water themselves by reusing the same water over and over again. That way you don't have to do anything but enjoy them.

Our terrariums water themselves by reusing the same water over and over again. That way you don't have to do anything but enjoy them.

If you’re an admirer of terrariums, you MOSSt visit this charming shop. There is such an extensive selection here, I’m easily overwhelmed.
— Nadia P. in Portland, OR

My son, Josh, produced this brief video about the shop. Enjoy.

Find the Perfect Gift Here:

There is something here for everyone, from our tiniest terrarium vials to our popular desktop terrariums and on up to our larger "Happy Birthday/Happy Anniversary/Congratulations for Graduating" special occasion terrariums. Just drop by and pick out the perfect gifts for every occasion.

If you can't come in to pick it out yourself, just order by phone at 503-734-9996. We can send your photos by text of various options at various prices.  We can also deliver them to the Metro Area of Portland, Oregon for just $19 per address.

Or, if you like, you may purchase one of our Gift Cards for any amount over the phone. We will mail them out for you, free of charge.

There is always something to fit ever occasion and every budget. And every planting is backed up with our No-fault Warranty and Free Maintenance.

There is always something to fit ever occasion and every budget. And every planting is backed up with our No-fault Warranty and Free Maintenance.

Air Plants (Tillandsia) Are Also a Specialty of Ours

Even though these locally hand-blown artisan "airiums" are not actually terrariums, because they have no lid and are open to the air, they still provide a wonderful way to keep live tillandsia plants growing in your home or office.  Mist them every other day, and/or soak them for about an hour each week, and you can bring your air plants into bloom.

Wardian Case Terrariums:

On the high end, our specialty is to design and build extraordinary custom Wardian Terrarium Cases that provide healthy homes not only for larger plants, but also for our cute little poison dart frogs. Now you can succeed in keeping even rare and otherwise difficult plants — like miniature blooming plants, exotic tropical vines, forest-floor ferns and lush jungle mosses alive and happy in your home or workplace.

We can build these wood and glass cases to fit your interests, your space, your style and to some degree, your budget.  Interior Designer and home builder courtesy discounts apply.

We build these Wardian Terrarium Cases to showcase what extraordinary means.

Our Poison Dart Frogs are not poisonous. Just really cute.

If you look closely at the "holding place" terrariums below you will see our tiny Poison Dart Frogs looking back at you through the mists.  These exotic tropical frogs are actually harmless when they have been raised in captivity on flightless fruit flies, far away from their jungle diet of poisonous ants that would produce the toxins in their skin. They normally live for 10 to 15 years with simple care. We have quite a few and we sell them, along with their food, as a colorful addition to our larger terrariums (e.g. the luxury condominiums of frogdom).

A Green Sip Poison Dart Frog

A Green Sip Poison Dart Frog

A Blue Azureus Poison Dart Frog

A Blue Azureus Poison Dart Frog

Why is our shop called Roosevelt's Terrariums?  First, because he was really into natural history as a young man, which included Wardian Case terrariums. And second, because I go out and speak as Theodore Roosevelt for schools, libraries and conventions. Invite me (as Roosevelt) to perform at your next event. I'd be delighted to do so.

Roosevelt’s Terrariums is amazing! If you love plants of all kinds, you’re going to fall in love the second you walk in the door! On top of having a VAST selection of terrariums (of course), they also have carnivorous plants and framed butterflies, so that’s pretty cool too :)
— Caitlin L. in Portland, OR
A Tinctorius Yellow With Blue Jeans Dart Frog

A Tinctorius Yellow With Blue Jeans Dart Frog

We loved the history lesson and the whole process. It was a very fun date with my husband and our friends. We are happy and excited with our terraniums.
— Terrarium Class Members, April 10, 2016
Our Great Conservation President, and our shop's namesake, Theodore Roosevelt

Our Great Conservation President, and our shop's namesake, Theodore Roosevelt

There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.
— T. Roosevelt
A Dendrobates Tinctorius Poison Dart Frog

A Dendrobates Tinctorius Poison Dart Frog

My husband and I had a wonderful time there and we’re amazed at all of the different options of terrariums.
— Ileah K. 02/2016
Great store, the owner was very friendly and knowledgeable, I would definitely recommend this business - the class that I took was awesome!
— Jessica S. 02/2016
Air plants are one of our specialties.

Air plants are one of our specialties.

Fantastic experience. Would recommend this class to anyone interested in terrariums.
— Terrarium Class Member, April 24, 2016

Plant Your Own Terrarium Classes:

For the "Do It Yourselfer" we offer the most popular terrarium classes in the world (It's true. We have more how-to classes with more students per week than anyone else we can find anywhere. Three nights a week with 10 to 18 students per class.) Our classes currently have a 98% positive rating on Google and Yelp, having served well over 900 students in under two years.

You'll get a lot more terrarium for your money, along with a load of valuable information and expert coaching, just by taking one of our 2-hour classes. Working under our close instruction, using only our clean and healthy plants, sterile materials and quality glass containers (with properly fitting lids), you cannot fail, because we won't let you fail. Your planting will be warranted, just like our own, and you'll enjoy our free maintenance service as well.

Oh, and by the way, you are welcome to bring along your favorite bottle of wine and a few finger snacks to enjoy with your friends while you create your living masterpieces together.

Our Terrarium Classes seem to be the most popular classes in the world.

Our Terrarium Classes can serve all your family members, ages 5 years old and up.

Our Terrarium Classes can serve all your family members, ages 5 years old and up.

“This is a great little store with extremely friendly and knowledgeable owners. Gregg and his son James make you feel at home, and are willing to answer any terrarium related question you might have. Not only do they sell great looking terrariums but they will custom make one to your liking. ”
— — Levi E. in Seattle, WA

My son, James (age 16), and I, are here to serve you. Our approach to business is very simply.  We do well for ourselves by doing good for others.