Not everybody is lucky to have a patch of land in which to cultivate a little garden paradise. But sometimes you don't really need all that much space to create your very own tiny forest. In a little unassuming shop in the midst of the busy SS15 commercial area, you will find a peaceful place to start your very own miniature garden.
The shop was founded by Malaysian songstress Yuna Zarai back in 2012 while she was based abroad in Los Angeles - it wasn't until 2014 that the little shop blossomed into being at No. 14, SS15/8B.
I found out about Tiny Forest Subang Jaya when I attended Yuna's Kuala Lumpur concert last year, where little jars of cacti and succulents were displayed and sold in the concert hall lobby. I had always wanted to buy a little cactus for myself, and this made me keen on visiting their physical shop.
Parking is tricky in this area, and I managed to find a spot in the open air wet market parking lot that is located behind the shop. The front end of the store reads 'November Culture', which is Yuna's clothing line. Tiny Forest is nestled in the back half of the shop.
I visited with my mum and brother, and I was immediately enamoured by all the beautiful little cacti and succulents lining the tables and shelves. There were also self-sustaining terrariums available, where a miniature ecosystem is sealed tight inside a jar, able to thrive without any external guidance.
The best part about Tiny Forest is building your very own terrarium. My brother and I got down to work, first choosing our terrarium 'houses' and the cacti or succulents we wanted to go into our garden. Succulents are notoriously more fragile than cacti, so it might be a safer bet to go with the prickly plants if you're not much of a green thumb.
We were given a tray each with an array of little gardening tools - very cute! Then we chose from the selection of coloured pebbles, rocks and sand, all to make each little forest unique. The shop assistants were friendly and helpful, guiding us through the process of decorating our terrariums and transferring our chosen plants to their new home.
It was a very peaceful activity. We were there for almost two hours, taking our time with the gardening. The shop assistants mentioned that they once had a group of people who stayed for the entire day, chatting and making terrariums. I think the coffee machine in the corner might have helped with that (yes, you can buy a cuppa while you potter about your mini garden).
They also do corporate events and parties. So you can call them up to come by and walk everybody through the process, with little terrarium building kits for each participant. Sounds really great for a DIY party! Pricing in general will vary according to the items you choose to go into your tiny forest.
It's been a couple of months since then and my little terrarium is doing pretty well. You just have to water it a couple of times a week and transfer the cactus once it's gotten too big for the bowl. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you're looking for something fun and hands-on to do for the day.