We Honor
Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward

Discoverer of the Terrarium Effect
& Inventor of the Wardian Terrarium Case

 
 Dr. Ward discovered the terrarium effect by accident while trying to hatch a moth.

Dr. Ward discovered the terrarium effect by accident while trying to hatch a moth.

 

Dr. Ward's Terrarium Case is the King of All Terrariums.

Here is to Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward who discovered the terrarium effect in 1827 while trying to hatch a Sphinx Moth in a closed jar. Soon afterward he invented the Wardian Case, first as a glass cargo case for use in transporting delicate plants across the vast oceans, and later as a beautiful display case for keeping plants healthy in people's own homes. (I tell the whole story during each terrarium class.)

That's why, on the highest end of our terrarium line, we design and build extraordinary custom replicas of the original design of the Wardian Terrarium Case. They provide healthy homes, not only for larger, more extraordinary tropical plants, but also for beautiful poison dart frogs.

 The original terrarium was a glass and wood cargo case, not a display case.

The original terrarium was a glass and wood cargo case, not a display case.