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Should country houses hold festivals?

October 27, 2010
Author: Hannah

This video of Blur’s Country House should get you in the mood for our Gardens of England debate on 12 November. The question for the evening is whether festivals and concerts on country estates are a lifeline for rural areas or simply a blot on the landscape. Fitting that the song was filmed live at Glastonbury…

Voice your opinion at the Gardens of England debate at Eden, part of the Sky Arts Artichoke Salon Series in association with Tate. The event will be chaired by curator and broadcaster Tim Marlow. 

Gardens of England takes place at the Eden Project, Cornwall, on Friday 12 November at 6.45pm. Book your £5 ticket online or call the box office on 01726 811972

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What’s the scariest thing in the rainforest?

October 18, 2010
Author: Mikki

Next week the Eden Project will be opening at night so you can venture deep into the Rainforest Biome and experience the primitive power of the rainforest in the dark. Take a peek at what you might find…

The event skate and scream will give you a whole new way of looking at the rainforest, learning more about their destruction and climate change through the lens of doom. You will be taken on a unique and scary tour of the rainforest biome at night accompanied by fear researchers. Its definitely not for the faint-hearted, it has been created to test your senses and fear level but perhaps the scariest thing of all is that an area the size of the Eden Project’s gigantic Biome is destroyed in the world every 10 seconds!

Prior booking is essential due to limited places; call the Box Office on 01726 811972, tickets also include a skate on the chilling ice rink. For more information about skate and scream visit the website here.

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It’s Plant Record time….

October 15, 2010
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Blackberry Way’ – The Move (1968)


Epic slice of chart-topping pop-rock from the Brummy group which spawned ELO and the monumentally hirsute Roy Wood, of Wizzard fame.

Brambles, of course, a perennial bane for gardeners everywhere but they do have one saving grace in autumn, their juicy black fruits, which seem particularly abundant this year. Eden have a lovely cultivar in fruit at the moment Rubus fruticosus ‘Loch Tay’.

Whether you’re collecting fruit or planning other activities, have a great weekend!

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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Grapes Galore! It’s Plant Record time…

October 8, 2010
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

Fruitful Grapevine

Eden’s grapevines Vitis Vinifera have never looked healthier, with abundant bunches of ripe black and white fruit to be seen currently in the Med. Biome. Bacchus, mythological Roman god of wine, would definitely be impressed.

‘Reverend Black Grape- Black Grape (1995)



And on the subject of Bacchanalian excess, could anyone have been more guilty of living rock’s hedonistic dream than Shaun Ryder and Bez of the Happy Mondays, seen here with the short-lived Black Grape? Perhaps best not to follow their example, but have a great weekend anyway!

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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This Week’s Banana-tastic Plant Record

October 1, 2010
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Banana Splits’ – The Dickies (1977)


Come and check out our totally tropical banana exhibit! Bananas in fact are not trees but herbs, and we have loads of different types of them.

The Dickies, formed in 1975, performed fun jump aroundy punk covers of many great songs from Paranoid by Black Sabbath and even Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues….

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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