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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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Explore rubber in our new Rainforest exhibit

April 11, 2014
Author: Beth Flood-Fairlamb

We’ve just put the finishing touches to a brand new exhibit in our Rainforest Biome that’s all about how the humble rubber tree is playing a crucial role in safeguarding the real rainforest, in the Amazon. Pay a visit to the rubber hut, surrounded by rubber plants, and you’ll be able to see how wild [...]

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Nitrogen cycle diagrams for kids

February 19, 2014
Author: Tom

At our Freaky Nature event this half term (15–28 February 2013), you can explore the weird and wonderful world of plants, including some really strange specimens. Like oxygen, nitrogen is essential for living things to survive on Earth. Animals and plants need nitrogen to build amino acids in proteins, which are the building blocks of [...]

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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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Coffee: the bean to cup story

December 13, 2013
Author: Tom

The coffee plants in our Rainforest Biome have been bristling with the bright beans or ‘cherries’ that are used to make the drink that is so popular around the world. Here’s a quick, caffeinated whizz through the story of how coffee gets from bean to cup. Bean to cup process 1. Grow There are two [...]

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Measuring chilli heat with the Scoville scale

September 17, 2013
Author: Tom

To celebrate our Chilli Festival on 21-24 September 2013 (part of Eden’s Harvest Festival) we’d like to share with you how a moustachioed pharmacist gave his name to the Scoville scale – a way to measure the pungency or spicy heat of chilli peppers. At our Chilli Festival you can sample chillies, listen to fascinating culinary and horticultural [...]

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10 tropical trees to spot from our new Rainforest Aerial Walkway

August 20, 2013
Author: Carys Barriball

You can get a wonderful new perspective on the tropical trees in our Biome from our brand new Rainforest Aerial Walkway. Here’s a little guide to what you’ll see when you’re high up on our Walkway: Papaya (Carica papaya) Growing up to 10m high with leaves 70cm in diameter at the top of it’s trunk, this tree [...]

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Edible wild food: Ox eye daisies

July 4, 2013
Author: Matt Ashdown

Eden’s foraging expert Emma Gunn shares some easy foraged ox eye daisy recipe ideas. Impress dinner guests with tempura battered ox eye daisies or add an exciting ingredient to your fridge by pickling the flowers. Known commonly as ox eye daisy or dog daisy, this tall grassland flower  native to Europe has edible flowers and [...]

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