Archive for Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Basehor families make terrariums to ward off winter blues

Zaya Eyerly, 5, looks at a variety of plants on Saturday and is amazed by the fuzzy purple passion plant.

Zaya Eyerly, 5, looks at a variety of plants on Saturday and is amazed by the fuzzy purple passion plant.

January 14, 2014, 7:00 a.m.

Updated: 7:00 a.m.

— Following a week of temperatures below freezing, families from around the area welcomed a chance to add some green to the white winter by building terrariums at the Basehor Community Library.

Zaya Eyerly, 5, couldn't stop feeling the purple passion plant on Saturday. Its purple leaves were fuzzy, Everly said, with a wide smile.

"She just loves plants," Zaya's mother Leah Aldridge said. "She's always going around digging in the dirt, so I figured this was a great way to have her to do that in the middle of winter."

More than 30 people attended the terrarium-building class hosted by Family Tree Nursery's manager Jonah Nelson. Terrariums, Nelson explained, are similar to aquariums, but they instead create an environment for land and plant life.

Tables of different types of plants along with varieties of gravel, soil and moss were offered to make each terrarium unique.

"This is the time of year that we do a lot of this kind of thing," Nelson said. "People are feeling cooped up because of the cold, and this is a way to sort of get away from that."

One of the youngest terrarium builders at the event was Zachary Meier, 2, who came to Basehor with his family from Kansas City, Mo. Being held by his mother Beth Meier, Zachary grabbed handfuls of gravel and shoveled them into his own terrarium.

Beth Meier and her son Zachary, 2, decorate their own terrarium on Saturday at the Basehor Community Library.

Beth Meier and her son Zachary, 2, decorate their own terrarium on Saturday at the Basehor Community Library.

"We heard about this event and just had to come," Beth Meier said.

Laura Carroll of the Basehor Community Library said it was the event's second year. In 2013, a crowd of about 40 people showed up.

"It's amazing how with some simple plants, everyone can make completely unique designs," Carroll said.

Basehor's Luke Alvidrez, 3, got to take home a terrarium complete with his favorite action figure planted square in the middle of his newly planted forest.

"Hey, man, that's pretty cool," Nelson told Luke, as Luke nodded proudly.

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