In my mid-twenties, I vaguely remember hearing about the development of the Eden Project on the news. Back then I still lived in Trinidad, the image and concept all looked a bit SCIFI. Some years later when I relocated the England, the Eden Project was high my list of places to visit. I knew by then the site was well established. Due to the distance and one reason or another I never made it until recently. Hubby booked us a two-week getaway to Cornwall, immediately I added the Eden Project to our itinerary. Mind blown! Eden project’s global garden is a wonder of the world!

 

About Eden Project

Eden Project is a global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater of a reclaimed china clay pit the size of 30 football pitches. The purpose was to explore human’s place in nature and that ‘demonstrated what could be done if people who wanted to make a difference got together.’ It was built in 1998 and opened in 2001, the displays at Eden Project doesn’t shy away from showing the human impact on the world’s biodiversity. NO visitor can leave without thinking what can we do differently but also garnering a new found appreciation for the floras around the globe.

water cycle

Inside the Biomes

Eden Project comprises of two biomes: Tropical and Mediterranean and within that you’re taking on a journey to different countries in those regions. My family and I visited twice because the tickets allow multiple visits within a year off purchase. We were immediately drawn to the tropical biome but as fate would have it, it was a super-hot day. The look-out in the biome was shut because the temperature had risen to 38 degrees! It was sweltering down below too but we rallied and set-off to explore.

Pass spice plants, to banana trees and spotted adorable roul-roul partridges (native to South-eastern Asian countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo). Then onto the beautiful Costa Rican exhibit next to an amazing waterfall. Eden Project brings the science of conservation and sustainable living into reality. For example, the corrugated galvanise roofed structure which was rained upon to bring a lesson on the water cycle to life or the Peruvian wall art by Don Francisco Montes Shuna and Yolanda Panduro Baneo that demonstrate the spiritual connection between plants and humanity. It’s a truly enchanting place that will ignite the curiosity and wonder of little and big ones alike. Still, I have to say, my heart was in my hands when we crossed the wobbly bridge, I don’t even want to thin how my metres up in the air it was!

The Mediterranean Biome

On our second visit we went directly to the Mediterranean Biome. This biome was also warm but had more of a light bright airy feeling. The vegetation was mostly head height, not was huge and ‘imposing’ as the in the lush green tropics. Upon entering the aromatic uplifting scent of rosemary permeated the air. The brilliant fuchsias-coloured bougainvillea vines spoke to my soul. Immediately making think of Trinidad in June but did you know it’s the national flower of Grenada (the spice island)! The by the time we got to the chill section my mouth was watering.

We didn’t have an opportunity to discover all the sights. It was awesome but tiring in warm conditions due to the expansive area and varying levels.

FYI: some parts of the biomes have limited accessibility. Do check the website to see Eden Projects accessibility guide.

@msxpat Infinity Blue, the ‘breathing’ sculpture at the Eden Project’s exhibition Invisible World’s #edenproject #cornwallholiday #tttonstaycation ♬ Stranger Things – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

 

Exhibits in the Core Building

 

Before leaving we explored the Core building. It opened four years after the Eden Project opened her doors. It’s their sustainable education centre. Inside this futuristic sculpture exhibits are housed and educational sessions are run. We saw the Invisible Worlds exhibit but didn’t book any activity sessions. Invisible Worlds aims to brings ‘the invisible into view and exploring the interconnectedness of everything can transform our understanding of the work – and how we interact with it’ At the centre of it is all ‘breathing’ ceramic sculpture entitled ‘Infinity Blue’ where science and a bit of magic meet.

‘Infinity Blue was designed by Studio Swine and it pays homage the cyanobacteria, the smallest most important organism in the world.
The sculpture ‘Seed’ is also a breath-taking tactile experience. Seeds are easily overlooked especially has they fall and pile-up in autumn but this larger than life piece nested in Core affirms there significance.

See was created by Peter Randall page, inspired by botanical forms. It’s 167 tons of Cornish granite. Don’t miss a change to run your hands along it’s bumps and crevices.

Other Attractions

When I say there’s something for everyone at Eden Project I mean it. It’s not just the biomes. There are other attractions such as:

 

Some attractions like the zip wire is a separate fee. However as the seasons change visit their website to find season specific things to do at Eden Project 

Be sure to read all about our family staycations on the blog and other family days out . I can’t wait to share my Cornish beach escapades. So some back soon.

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