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A day in the life of an Eden gardener

May 2, 2014
Author: Beth Flood-Fairlamb

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in a rainforest? At Eden, some of our horticulturalists do just that. We caught up with Eden gardener Lucy Wenger. What’s the best bit about working in the Rainforest Biome? That I get to work with people from different backgrounds who have been to different places all over [...]

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Carnivorous plants facts

April 30, 2014
Author: Beth Flood-Fairlamb

From specimens that snap shut to individuals that curl up, carnivorous plants are expert meat-eaters. This group of 400 or so species has cleverly adapted to living in poor soil – getting their nutrients from insects and the like instead. We take a look at five of the most fascinating… Tropical pitcher plant (Nepenthes) Native to: [...]

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Magical wildflower meadows bring the countryside into your garden

April 17, 2014
Author: Guest

Eden horticulturalist Shirley Walker gives some great tips on creating a beautiful and evocative piece of wildflower meadow in your own garden. It is hard to imagine British literature, art, poetry and music without references to wildflowers, and the works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, D. H. Lawrence, William Morris, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and many others [...]

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Plant an olive tree in your garden

February 18, 2014
Author: Guest

Eden horticulturalist Shirley Walker takes a detailed look at the olive tree and shares her tips on how to grow your own at home. The history of the olive tree My love affair with the olive began many years ago on the Ionian island of Paxos. I was captivated by this ancient and beautiful tree, [...]

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Enjoy fragrant winter flowers in your garden

January 24, 2014
Author: Guest

Eden horticulturist Shirley Walker describes how small winter flowers can produce incredible aromas at this otherwise quiet time of year in your garden. A winter garden can be a magical tapestry of dramatic, evergreen foliage; bright, shiny berries; golden grasses and colourful stems, but for me, on a crisp, clear winter day, it is the [...]

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Planting 24,000 tulip bulbs in our Mediterranean Biome

January 15, 2014
Author: Guest

Eden horticulturist Shirley Walker reflects on the recent mass planting of tulips at Eden, which will ensure a colourful floral extravaganza here in the spring. The annual tulip ‘plantathon’ came to Eden last month and the whole horticulture team along with our hard-working volunteers got together to spend a few hours on our hands and [...]

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Bitter aloe plants flowering in our Mediterranean Biome

January 10, 2014
Author: Guest

Eden horticulturist Shirley Walker describes the beautiful January colour of these plants, and gives a few tips on growing similar plants at home. The vibrant candelabra-like flower-heads of the bitter aloe (Aloe ferox) are once again reaching skywards in the Eden Project’s Mediterranean Biome, bringing drama and colour to the South African Cape exhibit. This [...]

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How to grow tomatoes (without a greenhouse!)

July 30, 2013
Author: Hannah

Eden horticulturalist Duana Pearson shares her top tips on how to grow tomatoes outside, when you don’t have the luxury of a greenhouse – including planting from them seed, treating tomato blight, and making your own tomato feed using comfrey leaves. There really is nothing better than home grown tomatoes. Great news for those with [...]

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Eden team creates Woodland Garden on Southbank Centre roof

June 25, 2013
Author: Hannah

If you’re at London’s Southbank this summer and have even just 10 minutes to spare, duck out of the crowds and up onto the roof of the Hayward Gallery, where you’ll discover a secret, woodland garden. Part garden, part artistic installation, and formed of beautiful birch trees and wild plants, the Woodland Garden has been [...]

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Five unusual conifers for your garden

January 21, 2013
Author: Hannah

Conifers aren’t all about leylandii, says Eden gardener Jamie McCormack. Read his ideas for five unusual conifers to plant in your garden – then join him to learn more about this ancient species on our one-day conifer course in March 2013. So what is a conifer? Ask yourself that question and ‘leylandia’ will probably pop [...]

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