Monday, June 8, 2015 - 16:30

Gardening enthusiasts have been growing their knowledge at the Eden Project today with the help of an array of experts from the Royal Horticultural Society.

As part of this month’s Green Fingers Festival, Eden staged its first-ever Meet the RHS Day, an event packed with practical tips and insights.

Among the well-attended talks were 'Spotlight on Succulents' by Brian Hiley, a member of the RHS Tender Ornamental Plant Committee, 'Clematis for today’s gardens' by Raymond Evison OBE VMH, honorary member of the RHS Woody Plant Committee, and 'Turk's Turbans and Mummy Peas: The Amazing World of Heritage Vegetables' by Bridget Ibbs, a horticulturist from  RHS Garden Rosemoor

Among other topics were Man and Orchids talk by Christopher Bailes, member of the RHS Orchid Committee, ‘Exciting new dahlias for your garden’ by Robin Pearce, vice chair of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee, and 'Modern Day Plant Hunting in the Montane Forests of Ethiopia' by Jonathan Hutchinson, team leader at RHS Garden Rosemoor.

A question-and-answer session was led by Christiane Lim, member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee.

Visitors also had the chance to learn about the secrets of Eden’s very own Rainforest with a ‘Behind the Biome’ tour.

Gordon Seabright, Director of the Eden Project, said: “Our first-ever Meet the RHS Day has been a great success, with visitors keenly engaging with the specialists from the Society. We are so grateful to the experts and to the RHS for helping us stage such a compelling gardening forum as part of our Green Fingers Festival.”

The festival is being held at Eden for the second year running and ends on June 21.

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