Acumen Aquatics & Vivaria
'Canberra's best in Aquarium, Vivarium, Terrarium & Natural Art'

'Art through science' -  AA&V is founded & operated by biologist turned artist Lea (BSc., Hons. First Class, MPhil; WWVP).

Occasions: Wedding, Birthday, Events
Browse the gallery below for a selection of creations for events past including terrariums, bonsai/penjing, planted landscapes, & unique/vintage/recycled/up-cycled planters matched to desired plants using specialised techniques. From tiny dried floral bomboniere & sustainable miniature ecosystem favors to custom themed gifts & large event features - we can create & customise your perfect natural gift feature.
  1. Wedding Bomboniere - 'Autumn rose'
    Wedding Bomboniere - 'Autumn rose'
    Custom prepared for an Autumn wedding, tiny corked glass bottles are polished and filled with fine white gravel, local dried lichen, a rosebud, and a single Autumn leaf. Finished with rustic twine loops for hanging. All items dried using techniques to hold colour and stay as a natural keep-sake for the special day.
  2. Birthday Gift - Succulent desert with alabaster lllama
    Birthday Gift - Succulent desert with alabaster lllama
    Succulents, airplant, bark, twig and stone arrangement with vintage alabaster llama - Recycled cube glass planter.
  3. House-warming Gift - 'Troopers on the hunt'
    House-warming Gift - 'Troopers on the hunt'
    Troopers hunting their bounty in an alien garden with succulents, cactai, crystals & stone - vintage heavy-base glass canister.
  4. Cinco de Mayo favors - Skull shots
    Cinco de Mayo favors - Skull shots
    Succulent and hand-crushed amythest crystal 'brains' - miniature recycled shot-glass skulls.
  5. House-warming Gift - 'Water in the wine decanter'
    House-warming Gift - 'Water in the wine decanter'
    Water terrarium with 'Lucky Bamboo', assorted floating plants, gnarled ornamental twig pieces and river stone base, with special additives to encourage clear water and strong growth - in quality crystal wine decanter.
  6. Fathers Day Gift - Orb with fossil
    Fathers Day Gift - Orb with fossil
    Hanging terrarium with succulents & fossil feature - hanging glass orb.
  7. Child Gift  - 'Little moss forest fairy'
    Child Gift - 'Little moss forest fairy'
    Moss and lichen terrarium with ceramic painted green child fairy ornament, - small hanging glass pear.
  8. Home Centrepiece - 'Jack and the beanstalk'
    Home Centrepiece - 'Jack and the beanstalk'
    Story-time terrarium with 'Magic bean' plant, live moss garden with wood and rock details, with garden path and ceramic hand-pained cottage in large re-purposed glass vase.
  9. Client Custom Gift - Leaping dolphin in miniture moss cove
    Client Custom Gift - Leaping dolphin in miniture moss cove
    Silver dolphin hanging charm, blue fixed gravel, miniature stone work and live moss hill - 5ml glass corked bottle.
  10. Child Gift - Miniature pond and church-yard bottles
    Child Gift - Miniature pond and church-yard bottles
    Miniature live pond plants and twig arrangement (Left) and moss-filled church-yard with tiny stepping stones & silver vintage church charm - 5ml glass corked bottles.
  11. Teen Birthday Gift - 'Poor Yorick'
    Teen Birthday Gift - 'Poor Yorick'
    Air plant and tortured willow twig arrangement, with crawling insect ornament (front view), in corked glass skull bottle.
  12. Personalised Gift - 'R2D2 at Dagobah'
    Personalised Gift - 'R2D2 at Dagobah'
    Designed with moisture-loving moss and lichen cultivars and specially treated interior glass to hold condensation drops, simulating rain and mist, with separate treated front area for clear viewing. With 'alien trees', dark path and black stone details. Sealed In medium recycled hinged jar.
  13. X-mas Table Centrepiece - 'Feeding the reindeer'
    X-mas Table Centrepiece - 'Feeding the reindeer'
    Xmas themed terrarium with live moss, pine cone and rock arrangement, and Santa Claus and reindeer ornaments, in medium recycled cork-lidded glass jar.
  14. Bridal Table Feature - Rainforest arrangement
    Bridal Table Feature - Rainforest arrangement
    Rainforest and moisture loving plants with polished fossil pair - antique crystal bowl . A beautiful feature for the Bridal table and a living item for the bride and groom to keep.
  15. Gift - Asian garden in recycled glass bowl
    Gift - Asian garden in recycled glass bowl
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  16. Birthday Gift - Giant light bulb water terrarium
    Birthday Gift - Giant light bulb water terrarium
    Floating plants produce an array of tiny oxygen bubbles which sparkle under light, any decaying leaves feed new growth in a sustained cycle. With additives to ensure growth, twisted twigs and river pebble details.
  17. Custom Client Gift - 'Audrey' carnivore in a jar
    Custom Client Gift - 'Audrey' carnivore in a jar
    Venus fly-trap plant with twig and insect figure details - skull & cross-bone black decal jar.
  18. Birthday Gift - Cactai sundae
    Birthday Gift - Cactai sundae
    Slow-growing cactus with quartz-stone and coloured pebble 'ice-cream & sprinkles', with wooden spoon and cherry on top - vintage sundae glass.
  19. Gift Bonsai - Wind-swept ridge
    Gift Bonsai - Wind-swept ridge
    'Wind swept' trained pot-belly fig (3yrs in training), with local basalt rock and moss - earthenware bonsai pot.
  20. Gift for New Kitchen - Hanging herb drop terrarium
    Gift for New Kitchen - Hanging herb drop terrarium
    Hanging herb glass drop terrarium with hardy thyme training from openings. More pruning for home cooking encourages more and bushier growth. Hanging on sale, image via Honkeytonks Night market.
  21. Mothers' Day Gift - Old-fashioned philodendron pot.
    Mothers' Day Gift - Old-fashioned philodendron pot.
    Trained small sprawling philodendron - paired with vintage claw-footed brass pot, cleaned with patina preserved.
  22. Gift - Modern airplant tall jar
    Gift - Modern airplant tall jar
    Elegant airplant variety paired with arrangements of bark, seed pod cones, stone and dark substrate - tall sealed glass candy jar.
  23. Mothers' Day Gift - Cacta-bunny
    Mothers' Day Gift - Cacta-bunny
    Golden torch cactus, very slow growing - paired in vintage 'Avon' hand-painted rabbit planter.
  24. Child Gift - Dinosaur trails
    Child Gift - Dinosaur trails
    Vintage dinosaur toy trekking though bark, twig, seed pod and rock undergrowth, with assorted short airplants - small glass bowl
  25. Birthday Gift - 'Army tour of the succulents'
    Birthday Gift - 'Army tour of the succulents'
    Toy army men set amongst a rosette succulent cluster, with modern fine white gravel - in white stoneware.
  26. Child Gift - Minecraft pots
    Child Gift - Minecraft pots
    Assorted creeping succulent plants set into vintage stoneware pots with rock details, and Minecraft mini-figures.
  27. Easter Gift - Succulent train & bunny
    Easter Gift - Succulent train & bunny
    Vintage ceramic train planter with succulent varieties, twigs, lichen and white rabbit miniature (removable for year-round enjoyment).
  28. Easter Gift - Airplant & bunny mini jar
    Easter Gift - Airplant & bunny mini jar
    Small airplant and miniature white rabbit figurine arrangement - within a small glass tin-lid jar finished with rustic twine.
  29. Easter Gift - Antique Kettle with Ivy
    Easter Gift - Antique Kettle with Ivy
    Antique kettle with English Ivy 'steam', twig and Snowy Mtns lichen arrangement, and miniature white bunny for the Easter holiday (removable for year-round enjoyment).
  30. Easter Gift - 'Follow the white rabbit'
    Easter Gift - 'Follow the white rabbit'
    White rabbit and chick miniatures set in a garden of various succulents with the same care needs for long term growing success. With Snowy Mtn lichens and crystal rocks - set in vintage rare blue glass bowl.
  31. Easter Gift - 'Nesting beneath the succulents'
    Easter Gift - 'Nesting beneath the succulents'
    Miniature chick and egg figures with nest, beneath a trio of rosette-forming succulents - set in vintage stone ware.