Monday, April 2, 2012 - 14:11

The Eden Project has collected the top prize at the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show for the second year in a row with a garden inspired by Cornwall’s beautiful seashore.

The judges presented Eden’s gardeners with the prestigious Banham Cup for best overall show garden and Gold in its category because of its intricate design and use of native species.

The Incredible Seashore garden, on display at Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel, was created by Eden’s Temporary Displays Team from a variety of recycled materials. It was designed by team member Gill Cartwright, who took inspiration from the coastline of both Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.

The team found old railway sleepers, corrugated iron, polystyrene packing and spent hours combing the beach to make the garden. It was finished with a selection of hardy plants, including gorse (Ulex europaeus), Agapanthus (Agapanthus cv.) and sea asters (Aster tripolium), many of which were grown at Eden’s Watering Lane Nursery.

Emma Gunn, Eden’s Temporary Displays Supervisor, said: “We had a lot of fun creating this garden and we are glad that judges loved it as much as we do. The garden shows how you can make something beautiful out of discarded items."

Alistair Griffiths, Eden’s Science Curator, said: “We’re ecstatic to win this prize for a second time. We set out to not only make a beautiful garden, but create a space that reminded people how important our coastal flora and fauna are in providing food, resources and helping to regulate the climate.”