Plant and garden highlights

With three climatic zones and over a million plants, Eden never fails to provide anything less than a jaw-dropping horticultural extravaganza.

strelitzia bird of paradise

Almost 2,000 different types of seasonal plants grow in our outdoor gardens, which span 13 hectares (that's 30 football pitches). There's always something interesting to see all year round!

July highlights

Outdoor Biome

Lavender 'Grosso', Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'
The lavender display is at its best now and smells heavenly too. This particular variety has a strong summer show of richly scented bluish-purple flowers. 

Mediterranean Biome

Bird of paradise, Strelitzia reginae (pictured above)
Our strelitzias will be looking lovely this summer. These birds of paradise have large buds of promise and can grow to a height of two metres. 

Rainforest Biome

Para rubber, Hevea brasiliensis
Para rubber was a very important commodity, and may be again. Come and see our gardeners tap the latex in our rubber plantation and visit our new rubber exhibit in the Rainforest Biome 

Seasonal highlights

Spring

  • Daffodils, a traditional Cornish crop, dominate displays in March.
  • Crocuses and spring flowering shrubs burst into colour.
  • A ribbon of grape hyacinths traces a blue path on the grass roof between the Biomes.
  • From April there is a finale of English wild flowers including bluebells, campions and violets.

Summer

  • Herbaceous borders beside The Core building look their best in early summer.
  • Wild flowers, roses, dahlias, sweet peas and day lilies take off from mid-June.
  • Swathes of lavender begin to flower in mid-July.
  • In August wild flowers lead you down the Zig Zag Path to the spectacular white borders lining the Grand Staircase.

Autumn

  • It's harvest time across the site, with displays of fruit and vegetables. Find out about our Harvest Festival.
  • Check our events calendar for seasonal demonstrations like apple pressing.
  • Look out for Halloween-themed children's activities in our arena. 

Winter

  • Anemones provide a splash of welcome colour.
  • Hanging baskets drip with winter vegetables.
  • As dusk falls, the gardens transform into a sparkling winter wonderland, our trees laden with twinkling lights. 
Giant bee sculpture and Eden's Biomes with tulips in foregroundSwathes of purple lavender flowers growing at EdenRed autumnal leaves with Eden's Biomes in the backgroundGiant bee sculpture and Eden's Biomes covered in snow