Liz Kiggen loves to get her hands dirty. "I'd much rather walk in the woods than go shopping," she said.
And on those walks she often picks up moss and other pieces of nature, bringing the outside in. It inspired her to start a company -- Terraria.
She creates miniature terrariums -- gardens under glass -- in her Colchester kitchen. "Basically a collage with nature under glass," she said.
Kiggen is a master gardener, but if you don't have the greenest thumb -- don't worry. Tropical and succulent plants that like humid climates thrive on their own. "It's really just the natural respiration of plants, so they actually water themselves," she said.
Just like nature, each one is different. Kiggen finds her odd shaped containers at vintage shops and yard sales. And when it comes to the plants, she relies on her imagination and inspiration from the outdoors. "It all begins with the glass and I think the more unique shapes are the most fun," she said.
Her newest experiment -- light bulbs. To plant these tiny gardens she uses tweezers and feathers to clean any dirt out. "When I think of a design, sometimes I have the design in my head for weeks, it's just a matter of finding the right combination of plants and glassware," Kiggen said.
Terrariums have been around for a long time, but Kiggen says there's new interest in these fully functioning eco-systems as people want to reconnect to nature inside their homes. She delivers her creations to a few local stores like Home in Shelburne. They range in price from $20 to $200.
"They grow slowly in this environment, but leaves come and go and you do have to trim them every once in a while." Kiggen said.
Little pieces of nature, capturing the spirit of Vermont's outdoors.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 8:05 PM EST2013-12-05 01:05:10 GMT
Burlington's deputy police chief is off the hook on drunk driving charges after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday.More >>
Burlington's deputy police chief took a plea deal Wednesday, and then announced his retirement. The plea gets Andi Higbee off the hook for drunk driving, but the resolution of the case also ends his 24-year career with the BPD.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:45 AM EST2013-12-04 14:45:58 GMT
Police are looking for two Massachusetts men in connection with an assault and robbery in Burlington's South End. It happened Tuesday afternoon on Marble Ave. Investigators say Bryan Frazier, 30, and Rashad Sabree,More >>
Police are looking for two Massachusetts men in connection with an assault and robbery in Burlington's South End.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:31 AM EST2013-12-04 14:31:50 GMT
An accused murderer has fired his investigator. Dennis Tribble was convicted of murder twice. The 63-year-old Vermont man was convicted of shooting and killing Michael Borello in 2000. But the VermontMore >>
An accused murderer has fired his investigator.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:24 PM EST2013-12-04 23:24:21 GMT
He's already in jail accused of burglaries, now a Lamoille County man is facing more charges. Police say Joshua Loura is now linked to three break-ins in Wolcott and Johnson. He was already accused ofMore >>
He's already in jail accused of burglaries, now a Lamoille County man is facing more charges.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 8:18 PM EST2013-12-05 01:18:10 GMT
Some of Vermont's craft beers are so popular they are being re-sold illegally on the internet, and now the state is cracking down. Brewers like Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's Finest have notedMore >>
Has the Heady Topper craze gotten out of control? Now, a lawyer is in trouble with the law for allegedly trying to capitalize on the Vermont craft brew craze.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-12-04 23:03:30 GMT
Still no word from investigators on what caused a fatal fire in Northern New York. Police say Sierra Daha, 22, died in the fire at her home on Dugway Road in Moriah Tuesday morning. An autopsy was completedMore >>
Still no word from investigators on what caused a fatal fire in Northern New York.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 8:09 PM EST2013-12-05 01:09:38 GMT
Betsy Bishop and staff at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce spent much of the year on the phone, convincing business operators to bring their insurance business to the state's online marketplace. But now,More >>
Individual and family enrollments are picking up speed on Vermont Health Connect, but a new extension for businesses is forcing some to re-think health coverage strategies... again.More >>