Monday, March 2, 2009 - 11:07

Following one of the coldest winters in recent memory, the Eden Project is springing into life from March onwards as more than a million bulbs burst into flower and the project celebrates the beauty of the plant world.

In the Mediterranean Biome, multicoloured swathes of tulips will be flowering from March with hyacinths, peach blossom and blooming Mediterranean shrubs adding to the colour. Meanwhile, the bulk of Eden’s outdoor daffodil crop will burst into colour, complemented by a selection of crocuses and spring flowering shrubs.

Also flowering early in the season will be a ribbon of thousands of grape hyacinths tracing a blue path through the grass on the roof of the Link building between the Biomes.

Outdoors in April and May, a selection of English wild flowers including bluebells, campions and violets will be blooming. This late spring period is also the peak flowering time for many plants in the Mediterranean Biome, including the beds of poppies in the Californian region.

Eden’s team of gardeners and guest speakers will be on hand every day between March 2 and April 3 at 2pm outside the Link building to lead workshops, dispense expert tips and answer the questions of budding amateur gardeners.

Demonstrating that the world of plants is every bit as beautiful as that of high-fashion, Eden will be installing its own “floral catwalk” to showcase the hottest clothing styles made from or inspired by plants.

Continuing this theme, on display outside the Link building will be an exhibit telling visitors what’s hot on that day, meaning that everyone will get to see the best the season has to offer whenever they visit. Also, Eden will be tracking the trends that govern our gardens with displays on what’s de rigueur in vegetable growing and landscaping.

Rob Brett, Eden’s Temperate Curator, said: “They may have been through a cold winter but Eden’s spring plants have now shaken off the frost and are ready to bloom spectacularly. Spring is always a delightful time for any garden and we’re hoping that this year Eden will look better than ever.

“What’s more, our diverse selection of plants means we have an amazing range of specialities among Eden’s gardeners and the team are all really looking forward to talking to our visitors and passing on some of their expert knowledge.”

Eden is open between 10am and 4.30pm (last entry at 3pm) until March 29. From March 30, Eden is open between 10am and 6pm (last entry at 4.30pm). For full admission details or to book tickets, call the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or visit