Let Us Help You Succeed With Beautiful Plants.

#1. Our terrariums SOLVE all the challenges you face in keeping beautiful plants healthy and happy. All you have to do is ENJOY them.

#2. Through our TERRARIUM CLASS you will become a CREATOR of unique gifts for yourself and others — gifts that everyone will APPRECIATE.

#3. EVERY terrarium you purchase or plant comes with our NO-FAULT WARRANTY, so that you can BE SURE each one will remain beautiful.

So, if you are ready to put an end to all your frustrations with live plants, book your class NOW. You won't be disappointed. You will be so glad you did.

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I did this with some girlfriends and it was so much fun! I have brown thumbs and my terrarium is still looking great almost a year later.
— Marlette Daniel Estes, February, 2018 on Facebook

Enjoy This Brief Video On How We Can Help You Succeed with Live Plants Simply by Choosing Our Terrariums

Located: 1510 SE 44th Ave., Unit. 101, Portland, OR 97215
Regular Shop Hours:
Open: Tuesday - Saturday
— 11 am to 6:30 pm
Closed Sundays to Enjoy Church & Family Life
Email: RooseveltsPDX@gmail.com   Phone: (503) 734-9996

Fantastic experience. Would recommend this class to anyone interested in terrariums.
— Terrarium Class Member, April 24, 2016
  Terrariums to fit ever occasion and every budget. And, every planting is backed up with our No-fault Warranty and Free Maintenance.

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

Welcome to Roosevelt's Terrariums!

Greetings. My name is Gregg "Roosevelt" Harris.  Welcome to our little shop here at 44th and Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon.

Black Thumbs Don't Scare Us

Our best customers are folks who think they have a “black thumb.” Have you been frustrated by live plants in the past? Do your tropical plants look great when they buy them, but then they quickly faded? What went wrong? It's not your thumb. The culprit may have been too much water, or too little water, too much light, or too little light. It could have been your cat chewing on the leaves. Or a toddler pulling it out of its pot. But then, as if those challenges were not enough, there may have been an invasion of houseplant pests. All these challenges are real. But we have a fool-proof solution: our terrariums. Our's are not open glass planters, but the true, closed, wet, science-based terrariums first used in the 18th century to transport delicate plants across the oceans. That's why they work.

Our terrariums protect your tropical plants from all of these hazards:

  • Dry air caused by modern heating and air-conditioning

  • House dust that often carries deadly molds and fungi

  • Rapidly changing temperatures from cold winter drafts

  • Over watering and/or under watering

  • Curious cats (and also protecting cats from eating what could be inedible or even poisonous)

  • Curious toddlers (while still allowing them to enjoy the wonder of beautiful live plants and colorful dart frogs)

  • Insect pests that might otherwise infest and devour them.

Our Terrariums work. That's why we can guarantee each one with our No-Fault Warranty. "If any planting fails to thrive for any reason, we will replant it free of charge."

This is not a way to get something cheap that’ll look pretty for a couple days then rot away and get thrown out - this is a way to build something lasting and beautiful for yourself, and it’s priced accordingly. It’s absolutely worth the price. Do yourself (and maybe a loved one or two) a favor and plan a trip to one of Roosevelt’s classes.
— Matt. L. Terrarium Class Student, November, 29, 2017

We Know You Are Busy.  But You Can Still Enjoy Live Plants

Many of our best customers are people who love plants, but who are just so busy they don't have time to take care of them out in the open. They are often urban professionals who make good money, often in creative or high tech careers that demand a lot of time. They travel a lot, for weeks at a time. Even when they are home they exercise, walk their dogs, cook for dinner parties and maintain a heavy social calendar. They often live in small apartments or lofts with limited space. So, they want live plants, but with a "small footprint" and without heavy maintenance demands. It's okay. We understand.  It's your way of life.

Our terrariums solve all the houseplant challenges of bust people. Our totally sealed terrariums never need to be watered. Ever. Our apothecary jar terrariums only need to have their water cycle recharged every 3 months. That's it. And, by bringing your terrarium back to our shop every year for a tune up, we can provide complete maintenance (just for tips) to keep your terrarium healthy and happy for years. As we said before, all you have to do is enjoy it.


We Create Extraordinary Gifts, And So Can You.

Our best customers are people who love to give truly extraordinary gifts to their friends and family. They like the idea that no two terrariums are ever exactly alike. Our diversity of style and price is huge. Because every terrarium planting is guaranteed, (whether we plant it or you plant it), you can give any terrarium you choose, knowing that the recipient is never going to be disappointed, not now, not ever. Each terrarium, with its routine maintenance, is one gift that really does keep on giving.

Now you can have a beautiful rain forest in your own home or workplace, and succeed in keeping even otherwise difficult plants — like miniature blooming plants, exotic tropical vines, forest-floor ferns and lush jungle mosses — alive and well. 

We have standard sizes in the shop, but we can also build fine wood and glass cases to fit your interests, your space, your style and to some degree, even your budget.  No, they aren't cheap, but you really do get your money's worth with a custom Wardian Case. 

There is something here for everyone, from our tiniest terrarium vials to our popular desktop terrariums and right on up to our replicas of the classic Wardian Case terrarium.  So drop by and pick out the perfect gifts for every occasion. Or, buy a seat or two in our Plant Your Own Terrarium Class and DO SOMETHING TOGETHER! Sometimes together the best gift of all.

By the way, if you can't come in to pick a gift out yourself, just click HERE to send an Email Gift Card, with a note from you, to whomever you choose. It's good toward any terrarium, or terrarium class you may choose. And, it's also quick and easy.

We also have "Frequent Flyer" Terrariums!

Photo by encrier/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by encrier/iStock / Getty Images

If you are driving you can take our terrariums anywhere. But what if you have to fly home? Don't despair! Our small and medium size "Frequent Flyer Terrariums" travel well as a carry-on through airline security anywhere within the contiguous United States. 

These are our shorter, lower-center-of-gravity terrarium bubble balls, apothecary jars and whiskey bottles. They fit nicely into our nifty gift bags with an ample nest of soft tissue to ride on. That way, they sail right through security and onto the plane. 

So, now you can purchase a terrarium here in our shop, or, attend one of our classes to plant your own terrarium,  and then take it home or off to the family reunion with you on the airplane. It's a great way to keep a little bit of Portland with you wherever you live.

 Jame (age 17) is a master planter and terrarium class teacher here in our shop.

Jame (age 17) is a master planter and terrarium class teacher here in our shop.

Please note: WE CANNOT SHIP OUR TERRARIUMS. (And fortunately for us, neither can Amazon.) That means all our customers get to come visit our little shop here in Portland, Oregon to actually pick up their terrariums. It also means we get to meet you. So, whether you travel by car, bus, train or plane, our terrariums will travel well with you. Just keep them from getting too much heat or cold , and they will be fine.

If you are FLYING home, be sure to ask us what we recommend for air travelers before you make your purchase or choose what to plant in one of our classes. We will also provide you with the Gift Bags and a big nest of tissue for safe travel as needed, all at no extra charge.

Our Terrarium Classes Turn You Into a Creator of Unique Gifts for Yourself & Others.

Our customers are also looking for a wonderful experience with live plants. They want to know more about the plants and how they grow, how the terrarium was discovered and then invented, how the terrarium actually works, and how they can design and plant and maintain their own true terrarium. That's why so many of our customers take our Build Your Own Terrarium Class over and over again. (It's just $60 per person the first time they attend, and then its FREE after that as often as they like. Our alumni simply pay for whatever they choose to plant in class.)

 A few of our many Happy Terrarium Class Students

A few of our many Happy Terrarium Class Students

Our Poison Dart Frogs Make Your Larger Terrarium an Indoor Rain Forest.

Many of our clients also enjoy owning and caring for one or more of our cute little poison dart frogs. They add a finishing touch to any of our larger terrariums. It's like a patch of tropical rain forest in your own home or office. Please Note: Our dart frogs are NOT actually poisonous, though they would be if they were living out in the jungle and eating the bugs there that carry the toxins. All our frogs are raised in captivity on flightless fruit flies, so they are completely harmless—but no less colorful.



 A Green Sip Poison Dart Frog

A Green Sip Poison Dart Frog

Sorry, but you can only add Poison Dart Frogs to our larger terrariums.

 For the sake of each dart frog's health and happiness we will only add frogs to our larger terrariums. They need enough room to run around, climb and hunt flightless fruit flies (which we keep in constant supply for our customers).  We have the largest selection of beginner level poison dart frogs in the Portland Metro area. Come meet them.

The Largest, Most Amazing, Inventory of Quality Terrarium Glassware In the USA Is Your's to Choose From.

Oh, and one more thing, we have the largest inventory of glass terrarium containers anywhere  in the country. We have dozens of sizes and shapes to meet any style and budget. Our terrariums are so attractive, they allow hobbyists to bring their hobbies out of the backroom and into the front room where they can be admired and enjoyed by guests as well as owners. Come and see for yourself.

 We have the largest selection of terrarium glassware (with nicely fitting lids) found anywhere in the U.S.A.

We have the largest selection of terrarium glassware (with nicely fitting lids) found anywhere in the U.S.A.

Words of Encouragement

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

If you, or anyone your know, would like to host An Hour with Theodore Roosevelt, for educational purposes or as a fund raiser, (in either my Presidential, or my African Safari period attire), please contact me here at the shop and I will try to work your event into my schedule. My fees are very reasonable, and I would be deeeelighted to serve you in any way I can.

Come Visit James & Me in Our Little Family Business

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." Let us do you a bit of good and we will continue to prosper.

We are located on the corner of 44th & Hawthorne Blvd. in Southeast Portland, Oregon