Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 11:14

Visitors to Eden are being given the chance to sit down for a cup of tea and swap knowledge with the project’s expert green team.

From February 22- April 1, green fingered enthusiasts will be able to meet the horticultural team during their tea breaks at 11am and 2.30pm.

They will be able to ask questions about what happens behind the scenes at Eden and get advice on a whole range of gardening subjects.

Eden’s Temperate Curator, Rob Brett, said: “2010 promises to be an exciting Spring. The prolonged winter weather helps push flowering times together, which means that the season arrives with a more intense burst.

”Our team are always asked questions by the visitors about Eden’s extreme gardening and this Spring gives us a greater opportunity to have more face to face time with them.

“Our gardeners are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and in true gardening fashion, even getting some tips back.”

With a grand total of more than one million bulbs planted across the Eden Project, the spring season promises to be the most dazzling yet as crocus flowers, daffodils and tulips light up the landscape.

Last October (2009), more than 300 Girl Guides from all over Cornwall visited to plant a maze of 200,000 crocus bulbs across the arena to form a flowery labyrinth on the hillside.

In early spring visitors will be able to snake their way around the grassy paths and immerse themselves in crocuses. The bulbs will eventually naturalise and increase in number year on year.

Under cover in the Mediterranean Biome there will be the biggest display of tulips ever at Eden with more than 16,000 bulbs and 40 different varieties.

Connoisseurs can look out for old favourites such as the frilled Burgundy Lace and the lily-flowered Elegant Lady, as well as varieties that have not been grown at Eden before such as the multi-headed Happy Family and the ‘viridiflora’ tulip Golden Artist.

Particularly colourful, stunning varieties to look out for in the Mediterranean Biome are Maureen, Shirley, Queen of Night, Purissima and New Design.

Some of the species tulips you will be able to see at Eden are the beautiful Tulipa kaufmaniana or water-lily tulip with a subtle fragrance; the tiny Tulipa bifloriformis and Tulipa kolpakowskiana.

In the wider outdoor landscape the Cornish Crops exhibit will celebrate Cornwall as one of the world’s premier daffodil producers.

Many of the cultivars on show have been bred in Cornwall for their early flowering and disease resistance. On display will be Trelawney Gold, Tamara and our very own Eden Gold, a highly perfumed variety developed from the Mediterranean jonquil daffodil. The multi-headed Avalanche is one to look out for as it can develop up to 17 heads on one stem.

The Isles of Scilly is also represented by Martinette, with its clusters of small sweetly-scented flowers and the highly fragrant Soleil d’Or.

The spring season at Eden runs from February right through to May.