To Eden

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Rainy day? No problem!

After an intense week in Wales, we decided to head down to Cornwall to visit some gardens for the weekend before heading back to Hidcote.  The first garden we visited was the Eden Project, an educational focused garden that has domes to create a topical and mediterranean biome.

 

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The upper level of the tropical biome dome. The material of the domes is plastic with steel framing.

The flower Etlingera elaticer (torch ginger).

The flower of Etlingera elaticer (Torch ginger).

It's everyone's favorite mall plant, Codiaeum variegatum!

It’s everyone’s favorite mall plant, Codiaeum variegatum (croton)!

Anthurium species. (Flamango flower).

Anthurium species (Flamingo flower).

 

The most important plant to humanity, Theobroma cacao. It provides our most cherished commodity, chocolate.

The most important plant to humanity, Theobroma cacao. It provides our most cherished commodity, chocolate.

The Mediterranean biome.

The Mediterranean biome.

Elegia capensis in the mediterranean biome. A plant I found interesting because of its finely textured leaves.

Elegia capensis in the mediterranean biome. A plant I found interesting because of its finely textured leaves.

Afterwards, we visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan, a garden that dates back to the 1766 when it began becoming developed but was then neglected for much of the 20th century, until its restoration in 1990 under Tim Smit, who also created the Eden Project. Heligan has many old  specimen Rhodendrons. Unfortunatly, we came too late in the season to see them in their prime.

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This specimen Rhododendron was about 25′.

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The greatest feature of older gardens: shaded paths!

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The “Jungle” area of Heligan. In this area, you will find sub-tropical plants.

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My favorite bench in the garden.

The Italian garden.

The Italian garden, viewed from the bench.

 

2 comments

  1. Ah you visited Eden! I used to work there 😀 it’s a unique place, I loved the Rainforest Biome especially. I used to visit Heligan frequently when I was living in Cornwall, the rhododendrons are magnificent when they’re flowering. It’s still wonderful at this time of year though 🙂

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