Monday, June 23, 2014 - 17:30

Eden’s Green Fingers Festival - running until the end of this month (June 2014) - has been such a success it is to become an annual fixture.

For the whole month, Eden’s own acclaimed green team and visiting gardeners have been sharing their earthy knowledge with visitors as the Eden site comes into full summer bloom.

Highlights of the coming days include:
•    Tuesday, June 24: Tours and talks on flowers and ornamentals, led by Eden’s Horticultural Team
•    Wednesday, June 25: A talk on carnivorous plants by specialist Dennis Balsdon.
•    Thursday, June 26: Tours of the Mediterranean Biome in its full glory with Eden’s Horticultural Team.
•    Friday, June 27: A talk on how to grow chillies, by chilli grower and author Jason Nickels.
•    Saturday, June 28: TV presenter and columnist Dave Finkle talks about a growing family in the morning and pea and mint hanging baskets in the afternoon. Dave is Farm Manager on TV’s Jimmy’s Farm and has also appeared on Countryfile.
•    Sunday, June 29: More talks from Dave Finkle, along with a lively Q and A session with a panel of expert gardeners from Eden and the National Trust to round off the festival.

Among the famous gardeners who have already appeared are accomplished TV presenter, radio panelist, journalist and author Anne Swithinbank, organic gardener Bob Flowerdew, prolific broadcaster author of more than 20 books, and Chris Collins, who for the last nine years has been the Blue Peter gardener.

Following his talks at Eden, Chris said of Eden: “I have to confess that it’s been a few years since I last attended and wow, has it progressed. It is refreshing, in this age of design and spotlight and applause, to see some pure plant passion and horticulture in practise.

“The Biomes not only look fantastic but the sheer volume of information about how plants make this world tick is humbling. However, there is much more to the Eden Project’s bow - the surrounding gardens are also a plant person’s heaven and I’m sure they will help people get the gardening bug.”

Don Murray, Eden’s Head of Horticulture, said: “Our first-ever Green Fingers Festival has been giving us a great chance to parade some brilliant visiting gardeners from far and near, as well as our rich array of home grown talents, with lots of talks and demonstrations.

“We have some more great activity for the final week. The festival has been such as success that we are already planning the next one in June 2015.”

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