Look: This Abu Dhabi expat is growing mini forests in glass jars

Look: This Abu Dhabi expat is growing mini forests in glass jars

Life science enthusiast Kiran Kannan builds hundreds of closed terrariums that can thrive for years with nothing but sunlight.

When a global pandemic and the ensuing lockdown rob people of all the outdoor fun, what would an ardent hiker and nature-lover do? The answer is in the splendid foliage of mini forests growing in glass jars on Abu Dhabi resident Kiran Kannan's high-rise apartment on Khalifa Street.

The 45-year-old Indian expat from Kerala says he brought Nature home by making hundreds of terrariums, which are self-sustaining eco-systems, in his two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

"I was miserable staying indoors. I could only see endless rows of concrete buildings from my balcony. That is when I decided to make terrariums, and I got completely hooked on to it," Kannan, who works as an insurance underwriter, told Khaleej Times.


A life science writer with an abiding passion for biology and ecosystems, Kannan says what started as a hobby soon became a fixation. "They are like my babies. I know each and every terrarium and what goes in their world. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is to open and smell the raw earth inside these glass jars."

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Photo: Screenshot from the video on Khaleej Times

Source: Khaleej Times

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