Since the official opening more than 9.5 million people have visited “The Eden Project” where before there was nothing to see other than a worked out China Clay pit with no prospect of growing anything other than wild scrub.
Not surprisingly the most exciting new garden on the planet Eden Project Cornwall has attracted some of the best gardeners – a uniquely skilled team that brings together expertise from professional backgrounds ranging from botanic gardens and public landscapes to conservation and even farming. Obviously many of these are repeat visitors who come back again and again to the Eden Project Cornwall, not just to see how the Biomes have progressed but to also take part in workshops or special events that are undertaken regularly.
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The main attractions at The Eden Project Cornwall are the two “Biomes” – the larger The Humid Tropic Biome and the smaller Warm Temperate Biome.
The Humid Tropics
This biome is the largest conservatory in the world. 240m long, 110m wide and 50m high, it contains over 1000 plant species. To replicate the conditions that these plants experience in their native habitats of Malaysia, West Africa and tropical South America, it’s necessary to keep the air warm and damp. Misters and waterfalls maintain the humidity and ground level irrigation keeps the soil damp so it doesn’t actually rain! It does get warm though. The temperature is kept between 18°C and 35°C and it gets warmer the higher you go – so be prepared!
The Warm Temperate Biome
Many of us are familiar with the temperate zones of the Mediterranean characterised by hot dry summers and cool wet winters, but other parts of the world, such as California, South Africa, S.W. Australia and Chile have similar climates. The temperate biome replicates this environment, with citrus groves and gnarled cork oaks. Much of the biome is kept dry and dusty so that the plants react as they do in the wild. Sit quietly in a corner and breathe in the scent of the plants. It’s cheaper than flying to the Med!
Dubbed as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the Eden Project Cornwall is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.
Experience the sights and smells of the rainforests in the world’s largest greenhouse or travel to South Africa and California, as you amble amongst the citrus trees, olive groves and vines. Over 30 acres of outdoor planting are growing here under the warm Cornish sun, so get out and explore! Find your hidden Eden and seek out the areas lots of visitors don’t get to- Wild Cornwall and The Spiral Garden, or visit the Global Gardens exhibit and pick up some tips to grow your own.
As well as the world’s largest greenhouses and the tallest rainforest canopy in captivity, you’ll always find something new to experience at Eden Project Cornwall. From the colourful bulbs of spring to den building and survival skills in summer, Halloweden to our winter festival with its magical ice rink, you can be sure there’ll always be something new to enthral and entertain visitors young and old.
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