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!

January highlights

Here are some recommendations from our horticulturist, Shirley Walker:

Outdoor gardens

In the aftermath of Christmas and New Year celebrations, what better way to stretch your legs and walk off the excesses of the festive season than to enjoy a stroll around the gardens here at Eden? Come and witness the magic of a winter landscape and you may catch a glimpse of a flurry of dainty snowdrops - first to raise their heads to the New Year. Winter perfume fills the cool air as you descend the zigzag steps, provided by winter-flowering honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima – if you could bottle this wonderful fragrance, you would make a fortune! 

If you feel up to venturing a little further, the largest plantation of monkey puzzle trees in the UK awaits you in our Wild Chile garden (near Pineapple car park). They are looking particularly stunning at the moment displaying masses of bright new growth.

Rainforest Biome

Out of the cold and into the heat and steamy humidity of the Rainforest Biome, you will find giant bamboos looking amazing, and perfectly at home in their carefully controlled environment. The red powder-puff plant, Calliandra haematocephala, is festooned in bright red pom-pom flowers, and the purple Crinium is blooming happily by the lily pool. 

Mediterranean Biome

In January the spotlight in the Mediterranean Biome falls on the South African cape aloes with their amazing candelabra-like flowers in shades of scarlet and gold. Proteas and ericas too are beginning to flower, along with pure white zantedeschias. Olive and vine pruning is the big activity in the Biome this month – we wait with bated breath for the dead-looking stems of the grapevines to burst into bright new growth only a few weeks later, in early spring.

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.