Date: 
Monday, May 28, 2012 - 14:30

The spectacular Titan Arum, the world’s largest flower, is the centrepiece of Freaky Nature’s return to the Eden Project this half term from Saturday June 2 to Sunday 10.

Freaky Nature is Eden’s exploration into the superb survival tactics of plants. Along with a variety of activities, exhibits and workshops that investigate the hidden world of plants, visitors will have a chance to see one of the nature’s freakiest inventions, the Titan Arum.

Horticulturists at the Project predict that the Titan Arum (Latin name Amorphophallus titanum) will bloom in the Rainforest Biome over the half-term.

The seven year old plant, which is an offset of Eden’s 2005 flower, is expected to grow to almost 3m tall. Once fully grown, it will give off a pungent odour, reminiscent of rotting fish, before flopping over and dying just a few days after flowering.

Elsewhere, visitors can throw themselves into the fascinating world of seed dispersal and copy a burdock seed by dressing up in a sticky outfit and hurling themselves at a fuzzy wall.

Younger participants have a chance to tackle the Survival Game and discover the freaky ways that plants defend themselves, feed and reproduce.

There’ll also be a chance to get up close and personal with plants and bugs using Eden’s powerful microscopes, while little ones can join the fun by dressing as their favourite creepy crawlies at the Bug Boutique.

Eden will be exploring the dark side of plants too, including how and why some species have adapted to become sharp, toxic and even flesh-eating all in the name of survival.

Chris Pritchard, Assistant Programme Producer, said: “Freaky Nature has proved so popular that we’ve brought it back with plenty of messy, sticky and freaky activities to capture everyone’s imagination.

“There are also lots of bizarre and brilliant plants to discover around site, including the impressive Titan Arum, so Freaky Nature is a great time to come and explore.”

Eden will be opening until 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during half term, where there will be a freaky menu on offer in the Eden Bakery and songs and storytelling in the Mediterranean Biome.

The majority of activities are included in the entry price. To find out more about Freaky Nature, go to:http://www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/whats-on/kids-and-families/fre...