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My oldest son, Josh, produced this brief video to introduce our shop. Enjoy the overview.

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

Spring Shop Hours:

Tuesday Through Saturday — 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday & Monday — Closed to Enjoy Church
& Family Life

Welcome to Our "True Terrarium" 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.

Introducing Your Ultimate Success With Beautiful Plants

Our best customers are usually the folks who thought they had a “black thumb.” They have been frustrated in the past by purchasing tropical plants that looked great when they bought them, but which then quickly faded. The culprit may have been too much water, or too little water, too much light, or too little light, too much humidity, or too little humidity, too much feeding or too little feeding. You get the idea. And if that's not enough, there is the invasion of common houseplant pests and plant diseases. These challenges are real.

Our terrariums solve ALL these problems a once. In fact, (as we teach in our terrarium classes), the original terrarium was invented in the early 1800s specifically to keep tropical plants from dying during long and hazardous ocean voyages. If terrariums could allow those delicate plants to survive crossing vast oceans in all kinds of weather, they can certainly protect the plants from the dry air caused by modern heating and air-conditioning in your home or workplace. Terrariums work.

Our second best customers are people who love plants, but who are currently busy enjoying some other aspects of their lives. They travel a lot, often for weeks at a time. They exercise daily, walk their pets, cook mainly for dinner parties and eat out quite a bit. It's because they make good money, usually in creative or high tech careers that demand a lot of their time. They often live in small studio apartments or lofts with very limited space. It's no wonder they want to enjoy beautiful plants with a small "footprint" and without the hassle of having to take care of them. I understand.

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

A Green Sip Poison Dart Frog

A Green Sip Poison Dart Frog

Our terrariums solve these problems as well. Our totally sealed terrariums never need to be watered. Our apothecary jar terrariums only need to have their self-watering cycle recharged every 3 months. And, by bringing your terrarium back to our shop once in a while for a tune up, we can provide free maintenance to keep your terrarium healthy and happy for years to come.  All you have to do is enjoy it.

Our next best customers are people who love to give extraordinary gifts to those they love. They like the idea that no two terrariums are ever exactly the same. The diversity of style and price is vast. And because every terrarium planting is also guaranteed, they can give any terrarium in our shop, knowing that the recipient is never going to be disappointed, not now, not ever. Our free maintenance is one gift that really does keep on giving.

Our third best customers are people who are passionate, not only about tropical plants, but also about having a wonderful experience. They take our Build Your Own Terrarium Class, often over and over again. (It's just $60 per person).

These are also the folks who probably enjoy collecting our cute little poison dart frogs. Our terrarium containers are so attractive, they allow hobbyists to bring all their hidden delights out of the backrooms and into the front rooms of their home. These beautiful treasures deserve to be admired by friends and enjoyed by owners in the living room and kitchen areas where people actually live. Our terrariums make a very pleasant and easy way to commune with nature all the time.

So, you see, our terrariums really do solve the problems, ease the fears and take away all the pains and frustrations people have with growing tropical plants in their homes. Our clean, pest-free, self watering, scientifically designed and properly planted, tightly sealed terrariums, with or without our supplemental grow lights — can easily overcome all the challenges you face with live plants. What's more, they deliver all these wonderful advantages in one very affordable purchase. So much joy for so little expense. Oh, and they also deliver these benefits for years and years to come, with just a little bit of routine maintenance, (which we also happen to provide, free of charge).  Finally, you're going to succeed, and we guarantee it.

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

Give the "Gift That Keeps On Growing."

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.  Just drop by and pick out the perfect gifts for every occasion. Or, buy two seats in our Plant Your Own Terrarium class and DO SOMETHING TOGETHER! Sometimes that's the best gift of all.

If you can't come in to pick the gift out yourself, just click the button below and we will send an Email Gift Card, with a note from you, to whomever you choose. It's good toward any terrarium, or terrarium class you choose. And, it's both quick and easy.

Please note: We cannot ship PLANTED terrariums at this time. Customers must come to our shop in Portland to pick up any terrariums they have ordered or reserved online.

Some of our terrariums are "Frequent Flyers." Our small and medium size terrariums travel well as a carry-on through the airlines within the contiguous United States. Be sure and ask us about what we would recommend for air travelers.

The Wardian Case: King of Terrariums

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

Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward discovered the terrarium effect in 1827. Soon after he invented the Waardian Case as a means of transporting delicate plants across the vast oceans. (I tell the whole story during each terrarium class.) That's why, on the highest end of our line, we design and build extraordinary custom replicas of the original Wardian Terrarium Case design. They provide healthy homes, not only for larger tropical plants, but also for our cute little poison dart frogs.

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 these fine wood and glass cases to fit your interests, your space, your style and to some degree, your budget.  They aren't cheap, but you really get your money's worth with a Wardian Case. 

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

If you look closely into some of our terrariums you will see our tiny Poison Dart Frogs looking back at you through the forest mist.  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 Blue Azureus Poison Dart Frog

A Blue Azureus Poison Dart Frog

A Dendrobates Tinctorius Poison Dart Frog

A Dendrobates Tinctorius Poison Dart Frog

Host An Hour With Theodore Roosevelt. Bully!

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

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

The namesake of our terrarium shop is Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, from 1900 to 1908.

The connection with our shop two-fold.

First, as a young man, Roosevelt turned his bedroom into a full-scale natural history museum.  In the mid 1870s, that would have included. not only rocks and minerals, fossils, pressed plant specimens andtaxidermy. but also live plants and small amphibians and reptiles in what people at that time called a Wardian Case. These large terrarium cabinets were a ubiquitous piece of furniture in upper classes households right up to 1910, and Roosevelt, being an avid enthusiast in all things natural and scientific, would certainly have had at least one. So, the odds are very high that Roosevelt was into terrariums as a necessary part of his "museum."

Roosevelt would have a lot to say about our political situation today.  Here is a sample of what he has to say:

The death-knell of the republic had rang as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.
— Theodore Roosevelt

The second connection with Roosevelt and our terrarium shop is that I serve audiences large and small by speaking in character as Theodore Roosevelt. I do this routinely for schools, libraries, youth groups, scout troops and various business and education conferences. But what I really enjoy most is helping out at fund raisers for conservation, hunting and good citizenship groups that Roosevelt would want to support. 

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.

Words of Encouragement

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
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
Fantastic experience. Would recommend this class to anyone interested in terrariums.
— Terrarium Class Member, April 24, 2016
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
Munted air plants are one of our specialties.

Munted air plants are one of our specialties.

Courtesy Discounts for "The Crazy Ones"

Roosevelt’s Terrariums offers a Courtesy Discount to all the teachers (public, private or home school), all the health care workers, elder and child caretakers, social service agents, police, fire, emergency or military first responders and any other folks who are just “crazy enough” to be such good neighbors. We want to say thank you to all of you who work so hard, laying your life down to help make your community a better place to live, work and raise a family. If that includes you (or someone you are married to), please don’t be shy about it. Show us your ID (if you have one) and allow us to take 10% off the price of all your purchases, including our classes. Thanks. And please keep up the good work.
— Gregg Harris, Owner & Proprietor of Roosevelt's Terrariums

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.

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