Eden Friends events diary

Our Friend's events programme is always packed with unique activities, tours and talks from a wide range of people, from Eden and beyond.

These regular membership events are specially designed for Eden Friends, offering a programme of talks, tours and demonstrations that focus on everything from gardening to the environment to good food.

Past events have included a talk from Alan Titchmarsh, a demonstration from ethnobotanist James Wong, guided tours of our Mediterranean and Rainforest Biomes with our expert horticulturalists, and even a trip abroad to the real rainforest.

Forthcoming Friends events 

Details of Spring 2014 Events coming soon

Botanical Illustration Course with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

Date: 21st 22nd 23rd March 2014
Time & Place: 10 am to 5pm Foundation Building
Price: £180

Join Eden Horticulturalists and Florilegium Society Tutors for a weekend of botanical drawing at the Eden Project. Our experienced horticulturalists will guide you through the basics of botanical identification and understanding, using the Eden site as inspiration.

Tutors Mally Francis, founder member of the Eden Florilegium, and Ros Franklin will guide beginners and improvers alike in creating beautiful botanical illustrations.

The weekendincludes three days of expert tuition, a picnic lunch and refreshments on each day. The maximum group size will be 16 artists.

To book or enquire, please email Friends@edenproject.com or call 01726 811932.

Never Mind the Burdocks Foraging talk and tasting with Emma Gunn

Thursday 13th March 3pm, Foundation Building

£5 per person to include foraged treats

Join Eden’s resident foraging expert and our temporary displays supervisor for a talk about all of the edible treats you can find in our hedgerows, fields and seashores. Emma will guide you through the dos and don’ts of foraging, give you some of the basic knowledge to get out and about foraging yourself and will also share some delicious recipes for foraged treats.

Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book or enquire, please email Friends@edenproject.com or call 01726 811932.

Introduction to Botanical Illustration Course with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd March, 10am – 5pm each day

£180 per person

Back by popular demand! Join Eden Horticulturalists and Florilegium Society Tutors for a weekend of botanical drawing at the Eden Project. Our experienced horticulturalists will guide you through the basics of botanical identification and understanding, using the Eden site as inspiration.

Tutors Mally Francis, founder member of the Eden Florilegium, and Ros Franklin, current Chair of the Eden Florilegium will guide beginners and improvers alike in creating beautiful botanical illustrations and drawings in pencil.

The weekend includes three days of expert tuition, a picnic lunch and refreshments on each day. The maximum group size will be 16 artists.

We are also hoping to introduce our first Introduction to Botanical Painting course in autumn this year. A follow up to the illustration course, it will give participants the chance to learn further skills and produce a full colour botanical painting. More details to follow, but please email friends@edenproject.com to register your details.

Plant records with the Eden Science Team

Thursday 27th March, 6pm, Foundation Building

Free to Eden Friends

Join us for the next in our series of talks from the Eden Science Team, as Plant Records Manager Chris Bisson guides us through some of the more unusual plans specimens in the Eden plant collection. Chris will demonstrate how we use these unusual plants and the records we keep about them to engage with our visitor and school groups through events like Freaky Nature and our Science and DNA workshop.

How to book a Friends event

Our Friend's events are a great way to meet new Friends and catch up, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

To book tickets for any of the Eden events please contact the Friends team on friends@edenproject.com or call 01726 811932.

David Diaper showing a yellow cashew fruit to two visitors in Eden's rainforestEthnobotanist James Wong giving a demonstration at the Eden ProjectAlan Titchmarsh in the Eden Project Rainforest Biome