The Hall House Terrarium


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The Hall House Terrarium is named for Dr. George Rogers Hall, a horticultural pioneer. Dr. Hall first visited Japan in 1859 to join the lucrative trade that had been already established between Japan and the United States. Hall filled Wardian cases with Japanese plants, and they set sail from the newly opened Yokohama whaling port. These terrariums protected the flora from the salt air allowing them to survive the long ocean voyage. Dr. Hall's trip was the first time shipments of Japanese plants came directly to America. Notable specimens included: Maple, Crab Apple, Magnolia, Wisteria, and Hinoki Cypress, slow growing forms which are frequently trained as bonsai. Did you make it through all that? The Hall House terrarium features a gable roof and repeating geometric line design; the perfect space for your own bonsai.

Content + Care

  • 15" W x 10" L x 18" H (at center peak)
  • Made in Detroit


      • All LeadHead Terrariums are made to order by LeadHead Glass
      • Due to the size and fragile nature of this piece, Hall House is NOT available to ship.  Once purchased, it must be picked up at our Fisher Building location during business hours. 

      LeadHead Glass Terrariums are handcrafted out of reclaimed glass and wood from deconstructed homes in Detroit. We model our terrariums after 19th century Wardian Cases, with an updated design. The Wardian case was originally used to transport exotic plants around the globe, and is an ideal environment to raise your own miniature garden in! 

      LeadHead Glass Terrariums are as unique as the glass and wood it comes from. Each one is made using responsibly sourced materials from hand deconstructed homes. Our commitment is to recycle and reuse our local resources by creating fine American-crafted terrariums.