Monday, March 17, 2014 - 16:53

The Eden Project is celebrating the Cornish spring and all its delights with a Big Gardening Weekend this Saturday and Sunday (March 22/23).

Outdoors and in, Eden has a fabulous range of flowers in bloom right now with hosts of different daffodils in the wide open spaces and a dazzling array of tulips in the Mediterranean Biome as undoubted stars of the show.

The Big Gardening Weekend will offer visitors the chance to meet Eden’s acclaimed gardeners and discover some of the secrets of the trade, whether creating the ultimate vegetable garden or producing beautiful flowers.

Don Murray, Eden’s Head of Horticulture, said:  “After the long, wet winter we are enjoying the most colourful spring for many years and to celebrate we are devoting this special weekend to sharing our knowledge of what makes Cornish planting unique.

“Our gardeners are looking forward to swapping stories with visitors and showing them the stunning range of flowers and shrubs bursting with life at Eden right now.”

Saturday and Sunday will both feature free talks by leading horticulturists. The first at 11.30 am in the Mediterranean Biome is entitled The Spring Collection and will be a guide to growing beautiful blooms in your garden.

This will be followed at 2.30 pm under the Link Bridge with a talk called Tricks of the Trade. This will be all about growing  ornamental plants and tasty veg - and when and what to plant.  There will also be story-telling for children in the warmth of the Biomes.

During the weekend Eden will continue to shine a spotlight on Cornish talent with performances in the Citrus Grove of the Mediterranean Biome at 1pm.  On Saturday (March 22) The Midnight Singers will appear, followed by Looe Valley Singers on Sunday (March 23). 

The Big Gardening Weekend will also allow visitors the chance to be among the first to see a giant spade situated in the Cornish Crops area. 

Eden teamed up with Bulldog Tools to display Bulldog’s Guinness World Record breaking World’s Largest Garden Spade.

The spade measures 4.5 metres tall and is an exact replica of a production Bulldog All Metal Digging Spade.

In addition to the spade, Bulldog have undertaken to donate £1,000 worth of British-made garden tools to the project for use by Eden’s horticultural staff.

Bulldog Tools Managing Director Stuart Elsom said: “We are very excited that our World Record spade will be on display at the Eden Project in Cornwall and we hope that the partnership between Bulldog and Eden will continue for many years to come.”

Don Murray added: “We’re grateful to Bulldog Tools for the donation of the world’s largest garden spade and it will make a novel addition to our outdoor gardens. We’re also pleased that they have been kind enough to dig deep and gift us some garden tools for our hard-working horticultural team.”