Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:15
Eden’s budding horticulture apprentices have been growing a show garden for the Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc Estate, March 28-29.
Their garden entitled ‘New Beginnings’ is based upon the question: ‘What does it feel like to be an apprentice in horticulture?’ 
The design is an abandoned urban street that has been taken over by mostly tropical plants. Everyday objects including a car, a trolley and a bin will be scattered around the plot and the word ‘Eden’ will be painted on the back wall in a graffiti style. 
The plot will include such tropical plants as the Fire Dragon (Acalypha wilkesiana) a bronze nettle like bush, as well as the Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) a plant with purple metallic leaves and purple flowers.
The ambition for the apprentices was to create a sense of youth and a way to show their development through their apprenticeships at Eden. The garden moves from shades of dark to light, the dark representing the unknown and the light representing the gaining of knowledge.
Emma Gunn, Seasonal Display Supervisor, said: “I’m so impressed with how the horticulture apprentices have progressed. They were given a tricky brief, but they have tackled it incredibly well. 
“They have chosen tropical plants to provide impactful, vibrant colours and have given a vast amount of thought to the finer details – perfect for creating a show garden.”
The show presents the best in Cornish horticulture with over 100 trade stands, show gardens and gardening experts and is one of the earliest in the garden events calendar. 
This is the first time the horticulture apprentices at Eden have designed and delivered a show garden at the Cornwall Spring Flower Show and they will be presenting it in the main marquee during the flower-filled weekend for all to see.