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.
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!
Here are some recommendations from our horticulturist, Shirley Walker:
Feel the heat this month at Eden, provided by a spicy crop of red hot chilli peppers, in a myriad of colours, shapes and flavours - you won’t find many of these in your local supermarket! Our chefs will be harvesting them to include in their delicious recipes, but beware – some are too hot to handle! Under the Link Canopy you will also find colourful mounds of pumpkins, squashes and gourds, along with seasonal hanging baskets stuffed with mouth-watering edibles.
In the Rainforest Biome, cocoa is fruiting up nicely – a must for chocolate lovers. In the Malaysia area, the paddy rice is ready to harvest. If you missed them last month the Formosana bananas are still looking great, and throughout the Biome, Hibiscus flowers are at their exotic best. During Eden’s Baobab Festival, learn more about this amazing tree – we have three in the Biome; still juveniles, but well worth a look while you sip your delicious baobab smoothie!
In the outdoor gardens, our stunning collection of dahlias is not to be missed, and the sunflowers are in full bloom on the south-facing slopes. Wheat and barley are ripe and ready for harvesting and gathering into stooks, and for those fascinated by the work of bees, you may have the opportunity to watch one of our gardeners collecting honey from our hives, using a mechanical centrifuge. Our figs are also sweet and ready for picking if the birds don’t get there first, and we still have a fine crop of potatoes to dig up.
If you are feeling adventurous, take some time to explore the outer estate - you may catch a glimpse of one of our team using a scythe in the wildflower meadows. The fertile crescent walkway, bounded by fruit- and nut-bearing hedges, provides views across the apple orchard where you will find many old Cornish varieties, and …don’t forget to take a stroll up to Wild Chile and check out the new season’s growth on our wonderful collection of monkey puzzle trees.
During September, the gardens of Eden are probably at their most productive, and after a very busy summer, you will be able to find a quiet corner to sit and enjoy all that they have to offer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.