World’s Oldest Terrarium / Sealed Bottle Ecosystem by – Only Watered Once in 53 Years

80-year-old David Latimer planted a garden in a huge 10-gallon bottle in 1960 and opened it to water it only once in 1972. Now the portable bottle garden is almost 54 years old and is still flourishing in its own closed ecosystem.

Back when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the U.S., Latimer planted the garden by placing some compost, a quarter pint of water and a spiderwort sprout into a 10-gallon glass bottle. Opened only once, the garden has created a self-sufficient miniature ecosystem. All it really needs is plenty of sunlight and a loving guardian.

Latimer, now in his 80s, is proud of his gardening experiment. According to Daily Mail, he plans to keep the garden in his family as long as it will last. If his children don’t want it, he said he’ll give it to the Royal Horticultural Society.

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